Ken Doherty fumes after defeat: he 'turned up to play without his dicky bow on'

Ireland are dumped out in controversial fashion as Doherty bemoans lack of dress code violation penalty.

Ken Doherty: this isn't sour grapes.
Ken Doherty: this isn't sour grapes.
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IRELAND ARE OUT of Snooker’s World Cup in Thailand – and Ken Doherty is not happy at all.

The former world champion and team-mate Fergal O’Brien were beaten 4-1 by China in the quarter-finals.

But Doherty was left fuming afterwards, insisting that Liang Wenbo should have been penalised for not wearing a neck tie at the start of his meeting with O’Brien.

Doherty said: ‘Liang turned up to play without his dicky bow on in the second frame and that’s a dress-code violation.

‘The referee didn’t realise it at first and Liang just gets a letter and fine for a dress code violation, but he should’ve been docked a frame. If you play in one of the biggest tournaments, which this is, every advantage does make a difference.

‘I’m not saying it would have had a big bearing on the match and it’s not sour grapes, but if they got docked a frame you never know what would’ve happened.

‘It would have made it 1-1 and swung the frame to our advantage.  Waistcoat, dicky-bow, they’re all part of the dress code. It makes it easier on the neck to not wear it and there’s no strain on your neck.

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“If you play in the final of the World Championship and take your bow tie off in the last frame you’ll have a better chance and all you’ll get is a letter or £250 fine – I know what I would rather have.”

Mark Williams disagreed with Doherty’s assessment however: ‘I’m one of those who think we shouldn’t wear bow ties and I don’t see how you can say you should get a frame deducted for not wearing a bow tie. The ref should’ve told him and that was it.’

A world snooker official said there was nothing in the rules stating a frame should have been given to Ireland.

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