Kurt Maflin warned for swearing at cue ball during World Snooker Championship first round win over David Gilbert
Kurt Maflin was warned for putting his middle finger up at the cue ball during his World Snooker Championship first round match.
The 34-year-old took his frustrations out in the 16th frame against David Gilbert.
Maflin was on for a maximum 147 break when the white ball hit the yellow to put him out of position for the penultimate red.
The prize for a 147 at this year’s event is £40,000 and he was clearly annoyed at missing out on the opportunity for a big payday.
Referee Tatiana Woollaston had to warn Maflin about his conduct following the gesture.
She said: “I have to warn you – the next one, you lose the frame.”
Maflin did go on to beat Gilbert 10-8 to move to the second round of the tournament at the Crucible Theatre.
After the win, he said: “I meant nothing by it. It was purely aggression being taken out on the cue ball.
“I felt like I’d worked really hard to get into that position… and when the white hit the yellow, it was just one of those reactions.
“She [Woollaston] was whispering and I thought she was telling me to tuck my shirt in, but she told me she had to warn me for the gesture. I wasn’t quite with it at that stage.”
Maflin will go on to face John Higgins in the second round of the World Championship.