HEARN'S NEED FOR SPEED.
Byline: HECTOR NUNNS
BARRY HEARN is calling on snooker's referees to show some balls.
Another slow-play row erupted after Joe Perry launched a tirade against opponent Robbie Williams following a second-round loss in the UK Championship.
World Snooker chief Hearn wants officials to get tougher rather than introduce a shotclock. World No.10 Perry said after a 6-3 defeat: "I was the most bored I have ever been in a snooker match.
"Someone once described a match as like pulling teeth, but this was worse. Style of play and speed of play is a joke at times, and something the game needs to address.
"It is not all about a shotclock, it is about mentality." Hearn said: "We are very conscious of the need to entertain. And I have asked the senior referees to be more assertive. I don't believe in a shot-clock for these major tournaments."
World No.1 Mark Selby is yet to lose a frame in two matches at the event in York.
Selby, 32, swept past Leeds prospect Oliver Lines 6-0 - but was gutted at missing out on a third maximum 147 break and a PS44,000 bonus in the sixth frame after missing the 13th black in perfect position.
GRINDING IT OUT Robbie Williams
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Nov 30, 2015|
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