Shaun Murphy was left furious after he fell to a 6-5 defeat in the opening round of the UK Championship against Chinese amateur Si Jiahui.
Shaun Murphy was left red-faced following defeat to amateur Si Jiahui in the opening round of the UK Championship, as snooker fans mocked his post-match outburst after his loss.
Murphy’s week in York came to an abrupt end after he was dumped out of the first round in embarrassing fashion by losing 6-5 to the Chinese teenage amateur.
Following his elimination, the former world champion was slammed by many for his post-match response rather than his performance, after claiming it is unfair for professionals to take on amateur competitors.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live after his defeat, Murphy said: “I am going to sound like a grumpy old man but that young man shouldn’t be in the tournament. It is not fair, it is not right.”
His post-match rage led to a number of fans taking to Twitter to criticise his controversial words, as one user called @mittuck tweeted: “Am I missing something or is this pathetic? Shaun Murphy has averaged £174k/year in the 23 years he’s been a pro. Is he just being a great big sore loser?”
Whilst another, @LiamTheMason, added: “Sour grapes from someone who bottled the final frame. Had his chance to win. Blew it. Own it.”
Another snooker fan, @VonBlade, wrote on social media: “I’d be more on board with Shaun Murphy’s whining if he’d won. If the guy ‘doesn’t deserve to be in the building’ then you should’ve easily beaten him. You didn’t, so shut up.”
And finally, @RespectIsVital said: “Shaun Murphy has averaged £174,000 a year in Sponsorship and winnings for 20 years and he’s complaining about not being able to feed his kids after an amateur player beat him. Maybe he should retire if he’s that bad.”
The 2005 world champion’s outburst did not stop there, as he went on to add that he believes Jiahui ‘shouldn’t have even been in the building’ due to his amateur status.
He continued: “I feel extremely hard done by that I have lost to someone who shouldn’t even be in the building.
“I don’t know why we as a sport allow amateurs to compete in professional tournaments. This is our livelihood.
“This is our living. We are self-employed individuals and not contracted sportsmen. We don’t play for a team.”
Despite raging that his amateur opponent should not have been able to compete on the same table, Jiahui was no doubt the better player on the night, and even had the chance to clinch the match 6-1, before missing an all-important blue in the seventh frame.
In spite of playing second fiddle throughout the night to the Chinese youngster, Murphy continued to state that he felt hard done by, claiming that whilst he plays with the pressures of earning his ‘livelihood’, Jiahui was able to play ‘without a care in the world’.
He added: “The other 127 runners and riders in the tournament, it is their livelihood, too.
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“It is wrong, in my opinion, to walk into somebody who is not playing with the same pressures and concerns I am.”
“He played like a man who does not have a care in the world, because he does not have a care in the world. It is not fair, it is not right.”
Despite continually claiming that his first round opponent had no right to be on the table on Tuesday evening, Murphy did confirm he wasn’t ‘picking’ on the youngster.
“I am not picking on him as a young man, he deserved his victory”, the 39-year-old added.
“Amateurs should not be allowed in professional tournaments, the end. This is our livelihood. This is how I put food on the table. This is how I earn money.
“Since turning professional at 15, I have earned the right to call myself a professional snooker player. He hasn’t done that. He shouldn’t be on the table.”