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Forfeiting a Snooker Tournament


Forfeiting a Snooker Tournament

I'm a little miffed at something that went down at a snooker qualifier I had attended recently. The event is kind of a big deal for amateurs in the area and something went down that I think devalued the tournament greatly.

There were 48 players who played down to three qualifiers. These three were to join five others in the final eight.

Leo Fernandez, one of the snooker qualifiers, drew his manager Andrew Milliard, to play for the final qualifying place but Andrew forfeited the match without hitting a single ball. At this point, Leo and Andrew both made an immediate exit from venue, with Andrew exclaiming something like "Leo's my player, and I'm his manager, yadda yadda..."

The officiating body had nothing to say on the matter as obviously a forfeit is in the rules as a right of the players, but I certainly felt cheated not being able to see the match. I mean these guys represent the industry to an extent, and I feel that they have a responsibility.

I sure hope that Leo gave his manager a stern talking to regarding the incident. Colin Morton, another qualifier, was especially upset over the incident, as Leo and he had just played minutes before.

What do you guys think?

Forfeiting a Snooker Tournament

Replies & Comments

  1. Gingerjana on 5/16/2007 1:26:45 PM

    You pull this kind of thing in some leagues and you are looking at a ban for at least one more tournament, and usually have all of your ranking points for that event will be lost. This is unsportsmanlike behaviour, and professionals should avoid it at all costs.

  2. Gingerbilliardsforum on 6/12/2007 10:05:30 PM

    I have an associate who runs bi-monthly tournament his club and all the competitors are told before hand that one of the conditions for entry is that all matches must be played or else they forfeit any prize money. I know that you can't stop someone from colluding and sharing the winnings, but at least this way, any spectators are guaranteed a a final match.

  3. GingerGinger on 6/12/2007 10:08:56 PM

    Isn't that what the snooker Tournament Director's job is? That official should have to (should WANT to) make a decision on this. If the Tournament director decides that the match should indeed have been played, then he is entitled to penalise both players. This should be done in the form of a financial penalty, rank points deductions, or bans from future events.

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Forfeiting a Snooker Tournament

  • Title: Forfeiting a Snooker Tournament
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  • Published: 5/15/2007 10:17:10 PM