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Snooker player Mark Williams fined over Twitter comments

A disciplinary committee ruled Williams' remarks were 'unacceptable and potentially highly damaging' Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Snooker player Mark Williams has been fined over 'unacceptable and potentially highly damaging' Twitter remarks ahead of this year's world championships.

The 37-year-old Welshman took to his Twitter account on the eve of the tournament to comment that although Sheffield is a 'nice place', he 'hated' The Crucible venue.

He told a fellow Twitter user that he'd 'rather play in Pontins' and said he hoped the tournament would soon be held in China.

Williams then added: 'It's only my opinion about the Crucible WSA so dont send me any letters or fines.'

But later he tweeted: 'Wow I'm in trouble for my last tweet about the Crucible, people from the paper and World Snooker been on the phone.'

The two-time former world champion was ruled to have breached WPBSA guidelines. He's been fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £1,000 towards the costs of a World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association hearing.

The WPBSA Disciplinary Committee consider that Mark's Twitter remarks were unacceptable and potentially highly damaging to snooker's long relationship with Sheffield and the Crucible Theatre.

– WPBSA statement

It's Williams' second Twitter-related fine of the season after an earlier rebuke for using foul language.

The Crucible is contracted via Sheffield City Council to stage the tournament through to 2015.

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