Snooker star Mark Allen took to social media to reveal he had been ‘thrown out’ of the Crucible Theatre before he had even played his World Championship match against Scott Donaldson.
Allen certainly possesses enough talent to compete for the world title, but the 36-year-old has struggled in Sheffield. His best outing came in 2009, when he defeated Ronnie O’Sullivan en route to the semi-finals before losing to John Higgins, the eventual champion.
The Northern Irishman appeared to see the funny side of the ordeal, but still apologised to his 80,000 followers.
“Have to retweet this one for my followers as I wasn’t allowed to video the 4 players walk ins this morning myself,” Allen wrote on Twitter. “Got thrown out [laughing emojis] done it nearly every year but someone on a power trip this morning. Sorry.”
Allen’s claim that he has been ‘kicked out’ of the iconic venue is yet to be confirmed. Star Sport have reached out to the World Snooker Tour for comment.
The World No. 15 is chasing a maiden world title in South Yorkshire and a first Triple Crown event win having lost in two UK Championship finals to Judd Trump in 2011 and Ronnie O'Sullivan in 2018.
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The Pistol has enjoyed a season littered with ups and downs so far, with Allen securing a famous win at the Northern Ireland Open on home soil in Belfast. He also reached the final of the Championship League and the semi-finals of the German Masters, helping him to maintain his membership among the top 16 in the world rankings.
However, his off-table troubles appeared to threaten his entire future in the game - and they could have seen the Northern Irishman throw away his chances of securing a dream world title.
Allen is scheduled to face Donaldson for the ninth time in his career, with the Pistol boasting seven wins to Donaldson's one.