Allen promises comeback after Fu defeat

Published Monday, 03 December 2012
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Mark Allen has promised his fans a comeback after he was defeated by Marco Fu at the weekend, as the Antrim snooker player refused to back down from claims his opponent has cheated and got away with it.

Allen promises comeback after Fu defeat
Mark Allen is not expecting to face fresh charges over his claims Fu has cheated (© Getty)

Allen, 26, made the allegations against Fu and other Chinese players during the World Championship.

The controversial player faced Fu at the UK Championship and when he was asked whether he and the Hong Kong cueman had taken a chance to discuss the issue, Allen said they had not talked it over and stressed he had not altered his view.

"I'd never said anything about Marco as a person. Marco as a person is one of the nicest people you'd ever meet," said Allen.

"Obviously people make mistakes on the table. But aside from that, Marco is a great snooker player."

Fu, who denies cheating and has never been found guilty of any related offence, beat Allen 6-3 in the first round of the UK Championship in York on Sunday.

Despite Allen's predictions that he would win the match, he was knocked out in the first round of the competition at the Barbican Centre.

"I'm obviously disappointed to go out of such a tournament so early but I just got completely outplayed," he explained.

"Marco started really well and I never really recovered. If he plays like that he's got a chance of winning the tournament."

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association asked Allen to explain his latest comments but the player said he has spoken to WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson.

When asked whether he was expecting a fresh charge over the comments, he said, "No, I don't."

"I'm pretty happy where I stand with Jason (Ferguson) and Jason's pretty happy with where I stand in the game so I don't think I have any problems."

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