Shaun Murphy slams slow play in World Snooker Championship… calling on players to ‘get on with it’ otherwise fans will be bored and ‘put Netflix on’ instead
- Shaun Murphy has hit out at slow play at the World Snooker Championship
- Mark Selby was warned for playing slow in his semi-final versus Stuart Bingham
- Murphy, 38, warned that fans will get bored and ‘put Netflix on if it’s too slow’
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
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.
‘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
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.’