2020 World Snooker Championship: Jamie Clarke tweets ‘childish’, says Anthony McGill

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Scotland’s Anthony McGill (right) defeated Jamie Clarke 13-12 after the Welshman missed a crucial rose as he appeared to be drawing close to a 13-11 victory
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Anthony McGill described Jamie Clarke’s tweet when he won the second round of the World Snooker Championship over the Welshman as “quite childish”.

Clarke tweeted “you wanna dance, let’s go dance,” after McGill complained he was standing in her eye line.

Clarke says he has no regrets about his use of social media, but McGill was not impressed.

“I’ve been a pro for 10 years and no one can comment on my driving,” said the Scotsman.

“I’m not on Twitter to defend myself and I probably look like the bad guy.

“I’m just playing the game honestly. As soon as I finish my shot, I will sit down. I have no interest in firing shots. “

When told that Clarke doesn’t regret her tweet, McGill added, “It surprises me because it’s pretty immature, pretty childish. I wish I tweeted that. “

McGill hosted quarterfinal meet with Norwegian Kurt Maflin after staging a remarkable return to beat compatriot Clarke 13-12.

But the game will be remembered for the pair’s showdown, which started in the 10th quarter when McGill led 7-2.

The 29-year-old felt Clarke stood in his sights and shared his feelings with his opponent, with referee Jan Verhaas expected to step in.

Clarke won the frame and then sent the tweet out during the midterm interval that followed.

” I did this [tweeted] since the first game of the playoffs, ”said Clarke, 25.

“I don’t think there is a problem with that. I will do it again in the future.

“I was just me and I’m not going to apologize for being myself. Much worse things are happening in the world. “

McGill, a quarter-finalist at the 2015 World Championships, said Clarke had stood in his eyes “a number of times” before raising the issue.

“He shouldn’t really be doing this,” he said.

“I just politely asked him if he didn’t want to sit down and he kind of took it the wrong way.

“It turned into something horrible. I don’t like to play pool games like this. I don’t like this atmosphere. “

Clarke described the 10th picture incident as “just one of those things.”

“I just think overall it was a heartbreaking game,” he said.

“That’s the whole point of snooker. It’s all about competition and tension and I think we’ve delivered it on a larger scale. “

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