December 9, 2022

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Shaun Murphy slams slow play in World Snooker Championship

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Shaun Murphy insists that the climax to the Betfred World Championship needs to be about a lot more than just winning.

Murphy, 38, is chasing a second world title 16 years after his first at the Crucible Theatre and is up against three-time champion Mark Selby.

Selby was warned for slow play in his semi-final win over Stuart Bingham, another former winner, who levelled accusations of gamesmanship at Selby — refuted by the world No 4.

Shaun Murphy has criticised players for slow play at this year's World Snooker Championship

Shaun Murphy has criticised players for slow play at this year's World Snooker Championship

Shaun Murphy has criticised players for slow play at this year’s World Snooker Championship

But Murphy, 5-3 up on Selby after the first session, said: ‘We are in a theatre, we are an entertainment industry. ‘There is a responsibility on the players in the World Championship final to make it a real show.

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‘Specifically on the speed of play there is a responsibility on the players to get on with it, but ultimately that is on the governing body to enforce.

‘I think it should be taken away from the subjectivity of a single referee, and I have always argued for a shot-clock — even at the World Championship. Punters will turn off and put Netflix on if it’s too slow.’

Mark Selby was warned for slow play in his semi-final win over Stuart Bingham

Mark Selby was warned for slow play in his semi-final win over Stuart Bingham

Mark Selby was warned for slow play in his semi-final win over Stuart Bingham

Selby, 37, defiantly shrugged off the flak, telling his rivals: ‘I have never used gamesmanship in my life.

‘I don’t want people saying, “He was great to watch… but he didn’t win anything”. If you think I’m boring, watch Coronation Street.’

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