The flair-up between Anthony McGill and Jamie Clarke at the World Snooker Championship has split opinions, with some backing the Scot and others the Welshman.
The second session between the two qualifiers got feisty as McGill complained about Clarke standing in his eye-line when he was playing shots, suggesting it had happened three times.
It wasn’t just a quiet word with his opponent or referee Jan Verhaas, it was a heated complaint from the Scot, as he made his point to both men.
After Clarke won the frame they were midway through, to go 8-2 ahead, McGill then followed the debutant backstage, seemingly to continue his point.
It was an unseemly incident, that seemed to boil over more than necessary, but Clarke was happy to stoke the fires of controversy still further.
Veteran pro Rob Milkins has also backed McGill, writing: ‘You wouldn’t see Jan Verhaas standing there would you? It’s your job as a player to stand out the way of opponents’ view. Unless Anthony got down on [the] shot quick (which he never).’
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