Anthony McGill and Jamie Clarke

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Anthony McGill says the clash with Jamie Clarke during their World Snooker Championship second round match was something out of nothing and the two men have put the issue behind them.

McGill edged out Clarke 13-12 in an epic struggle for a place in the quarter-finals at the Crucible, coming to an end late on Sunday night.

However, there had been plenty of drama the previous day as the two men clashed and referee Jan Verhaas had to deal with the incident.

With Clarke leading 7-2, McGill was at the table and asked the Welshman to move as he was in his eye-line when about to play a shot.

Sounds simple enough, but the discussion appeared more heated than necessary, with the referee getting involved as well.

Clarke won the frame and then McGill followed him out of the arena, with discussions between Verhaas and the Welshman continuing when they returned.

It may have been quickly forgotten, but Clarke tweeted in the interval: ‘You want to dance, let’s dance.’

The debutant also went on to lose the next five frames and ultimately tossed away the 8-2 lead, losing the match 13-12.


McGill was asked about the situation after the match and said Clarke simply took his request to move badly, but there should have been little drama in the situation.

‘I won’t tell any lies here,’ McGill told Eurosport. ‘There was a few shots yesterday (Saturday) and Jamie, etiquette-wise he should be sitting down but he was standing up, anyway I didn’t say anything.

‘It turned into something when it should never have been something. It was just a couple of shots, as professional snooker players know, either sit in your seat or stand behind play.

‘It happened a few times in the first session and I didn’t say anything. I thought maybe he’s nervous, it’s last 16 of the Worlds, but if something happens in the next session I’ll have to say something, because it’s a bit distracting.

‘I asked him politely, softly, quietly, if he wouldn’t mind sitting down, because the shot I was considering he was kind of in my eye-line when I was looking at my shot.

‘I don’t know, I swear I asked him really politely and he sort of took it the wrong way. It all started a big thing. I didn’t mean anything by it.’

There had been some suggesting that this was gamesmanship from McGill, particularly as it sparked a recovery from him, but the Scot has dismissed that theory.

‘I’ve been a pro 10 years. People might not like me, might not like my accent, my red hair, the way I play, but no one, and I mean no one can say anything about my professionalism,’ said the Glaswegian.

‘I get out the way, I play the game fair. I wasn’t trying to do anything.

‘People will look at that and think, because the score was 7-2 or something, they think he’s taken off because he’s getting beat. I could not care less if I won 13-0 or lose 13-0, this is totally irrelevant to the scoreline.

‘It just turned into something that it shouldn’t have been. We had a hug there at the end in the dressing room. I’ve known Jamie since he was a kid, I’ve known him 15 years. I remember having a drink with his family at Pontins, lovely family.

‘I’ve got nothing against Jamie and he just took it the wrong way.’

McGill now takes on Kurt Maflin in the last eight in a battle of two qualifiers, which means one man from outside the world’s top 16 will be in the semi-finals.

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