World Snooker Championship - 'He can't call me out' - Mark Selby hits back at Stuart Bingham gripes
Three-time world champion Mark Selby has defended himself amid accusations from Stuart Bingham that he employed 'gamesmanship' during their World Snooker Championship semi-final clash at the Crucible. Bingham said he has 'lost a bit of respect' for Selby for his play, but the Leicester man has insisted that he was only trying his best.
'I've never tried gamesmanship ever' - Selby on Bingham accusations
"I've never ever tried to do any kind of stuff like gamesmanship, ever in my life, in any match," Selby insisted in an interview with Eurosport following his semi-final win.
"I just go out there and try my hardest and that's all I do. My dad always instilled in me, 'just go out there and give everything until the last ball is potted - at least you can hold your hands up and say you've got no regrets, you've not just given it to them'.
"So that was my intention to go out there; you can't predict how the game is going to go; you can't predict how the balls are going to go.
Stuart has probably just said that in the heat of the moment because he has lost.
"We were both on 28 seconds per shot, which is slow, but he can't really call me out for being slow when he is at the same shot time."
Bingham has 'lost a bit of respect' for Selby after semi-final play
Bingham had told Eurosport, "that's Selby, that's what he is known for", in reference to his semi-final opponent's slow play, before going on to say he was also not a fan of him celebrating before completing a crucial frame.
"I don't know if it's a bit of gamesmanship or what, but he obviously did a number and slowed me down. You look back at things like that, and he's had to do that to beat me.
You learn about yourself and you learn about your opponent. I thought we had a bit more respect for each other, and to celebrate before he had potted game ball, I've maybe lost a bit of respect for him.
"I wouldn't do that, so I suppose I don't expect other people to do it. For me it's obviously put a bit of a sour taste on the match."