sport news Mark Selby BACKS Shaun Murphy's claim following shock UK Championship exit

sport news Mark Selby BACKS Shaun Murphy's claim following shock UK Championship exit
sport news Mark Selby BACKS Shaun Murphy's claim following shock UK Championship exit
'A lot of players agree with him... I totally stand by everything he said': Snooker world No 1 Mark Selby BACKS Shaun Murphy's claim that amateurs should not be allowed in professional tournaments after his shock UK Championship exit Shaun Murphy was beaten 6-5 by amateur Si Jiahui in the UK Championship Jiahui was allowed in via the 'top-up' system to make up the field of 128 Murphy argued after the match that amateurs should not be allowed to play in professional tournaments as they do not play with the same pressure Mark Selby agrees, stating that places on the professional tour should be earned 

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Snooker's reigning world champion and No 1-ranked player Mark Selby agrees with Shaun Murphy's view that amateurs should not be allowed to play in professional tournaments.

World No 6 Murphy made the headlines on Wednesday after an extraordinary rant following his first-round elimination at the UK Championship by 19-year-old amateur Si Jiahui.

The World Snooker tour have allowed players like Si to enter the UK Championship via the 'top-up' system, whereby if 128 professionals are not available then amateurs can fill the slots. The same system is used in other tournaments too. 

Shaun Murphy was not happy after his first-round defeat at the UK Championship this week

Shaun Murphy was not happy after his first-round defeat at the UK Championship this week

Mark Selby threw his weight behind Murphy

Mark Selby threw his weight behind Murphy

Murphy argued that this creates an

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