World Snooker Championship - 'Out of order' - Stuart Bingham unhappy with Mark Selby 'gamesmanship'
Three-time world champion Mark Selby got the better of fellow former Crucible victor Stuart Bingham in their five-session semi-final on Saturday night with a 17-15 win but his opponent was left less than happy with some aspects of the match. Bingham felt that some of Selby's play came down to "gamesmanship" and he was not impressed.
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Obviously I had a bit of a run [of luck] yesterday and I put my hand up. The antics he did after that were a bit out of order, but it is what it is.
"People don't see their own luck. He has had so many nice nudges in that match and it is one of those things. But I had my chances and that's all you can want, and I didn't take them."
Bingham later added to 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.
Bingham has 'lost a bit of respect' for Selby after semi-final play
"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."