Liang Wenbo has been criticized by many snooker professionals as unprofessional during his quarter final match against fellow Chinese player Yu DeLu at the Scottish Open this week.
It was alleged that Wenbo had been standing up while his opponent was taking his shot, walking around looking at his opponents shots and waving a large white towel around, which for some, might be seen as off-putting for his opponent, Yu DeLu
The comments on Twitter started yesterday morning when Neil Robertson tweeted;
“Think Wenbo had ants in his pants last night lol when your opponent is at the table you stay in the chair. Sort this out
Quickly enough, other players started voicing their opinions too, such as Joe Perry who went on to say;
“Personally I think it should be a written rule! When ur opponent is at the table u sit in ur chair! Except when tip tap safety is going on”
“some players shouldn’t be allowed chalk or towels in their seat either!! #strokepullers#youknowwhoyouare.”
Oliver Lines tweeted;
Matt Selt wrote;
“This sort of behaviour should be a straight fine, no ifs or buts. And the towel wiping in the eye line should be the death sentence
Liang Wenbo has always been a character in snooker, often expressing his emotions on and off the table which, at times, may be described as over the top by some.
In this particular case, it seems a few players are fed up with his conduct.
Despite this, Wenbo lost the match 5-4 to Yu Delu on Thursday night.
In recent weeks player misconduct has been one of the main focuses in the media, most notably during the Northern Ireland Open where Mark Allen attacked Mark Joyce during their opening round snooker match. Read more here