Snookerbacker

September 13, 2011

Quiet News Day? Let’s Have an Inquiry.

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 12:33 pm
The WPBSA has just announced that it is launching an inquiry into an incident in the 17th frame of last Sunday’s Bank of Communication Shanghai Masters final between Mark Selby and Mark Williams. 

As we all know, the match was stopped for several minutes while referee Stevie Wonder had to make a difficult call as to whether The Jester had hit a red or the pink first when escaping from a snooker. 

WPBSA Head Honcho Jason Ferguson called for the inquiry following comments made by both players after the match, including MJW insinuating that the referee was blind and could and should be replaced by the Motown singer despite the fact that Wonder has yet to complete a refereeing course to the sufficient standard to officiate.

The inquiry will be led by Ferguson himself and former referee Alan Chamberlain who now has a beard and looks a bit different and will include statements from both players, the match referee, the cue ball, the red ball and the pink ball. 

Fergie said: “I want to make very clear from the outset that this inquiry is not part of any disciplinary procedure and has no effect on the outcome of the match. Mark Selby is a deserving champion and won the match fair and square. Our rules state that any decision by the referee is final. However, through this inquiry we will look to establish tighter guidelines for referees when such difficult decisions need to be made. A further statement will be released once the inquiry is complete.”

It is understood that Williams (Mark not Stevie) is happy to co-operate whilst the winner Selby is currently trying to think of a statement to get out of it. The cue ball is very keen to answer questions as it is still smarting from being hit so hard in the first place and was so dizzy it wants to know which ball it hit first. The red ball is currently consulting with PR guru Max Clifford as it claims to ‘know’ what ball was hit first but will only disclose this for a six figure sum. The pink ball simply said ‘No Comment’ when I spoke to it earlier.

Referee Williams has stated that he will co-operate as long as the venue and time of the inquiry are sent to him in Braille.    

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