-JW- Posted December 7, 2011 Share Posted December 7, 2011 World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn has dismissed Mark Allen's criticism of him as that of "a silly little boy". Allen, 25, claimed Hearn had shown a disregard for the players by shortening matches in early rounds of the UK Championship to best-of-11 frames. Hearn refused to rule out legal action, but told BBC Sport that he was "far too busy to worry about silly little boys making silly little comments". Allen said the possibility of legal action was "a little bit childish". The world number 12 is due to face a disciplinary charge for his outburst - although the World Professional Billiard & Snooker Association will investigate his use of a swear word rather than his criticism of Hearn. Hearn disputed the Northern Irishman's claims that he had damaged the UK Championship by changing its format. He said: "It is a shame [the comments] have overshadowed a first-class tournament. I've been watching it and enjoying it and the crowds are up. "People say silly things, we all say silly things, but I am happy to let the disciplinary committee deal with it." Allen insists he will stand by his call for Hearn to resign after claiming the 63-year-old failed to fulfill a promise to keep the UK Championship and World Championship unchanged. "Last time I checked all the players had freedom of speech and that was my opinion at the end of the day," Allen told BBC Radio 5 live. "If he wants to get offended with it that is his problem. If he wants to take legal action that is no problem, I will fight it all the way. "It is a little bit childish. I thought Barry was a bit longer in the tooth than that for that sort of carry on." Allen added that he would be prepared to discuss his differences with Hearn to avoid the dispute heading to the courts. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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