Pretty sick for Mark Allen to scratch (or "go in off" as you crazy Brits say) on that last black. Last time I saw that was for a match I was actually doing the commentary on myself, lol. Has to have been 20 years ago.
He accused Cao of bad sportsmanship for not declaring a foul on himself when it looked like he made a push shot.
I was watching it, and tbh it did look like a foul, but yeah, you really can't go and say that. Even if it's 100% conclusive, it's not exactly great gentlemanly behaviour to go around rubbishing someone's character. Bite your tongue, shake the guy's hand and say well played.
Oh wait, I just read the article on BBC which apparently left a bunch of the interview out. He went on to generalise about Chinese players in general and called out Fu and Liang by name, which is ridiculous.
Allen would have **** fits if Earl Strickland played snooker.
I'd have a lot of sympathy for Cao even if he did realise he'd fouled. Inexperienced young guy, in a foreign country, without a good grasp of the English language, playing in probably the biggest match of his life to date; there has to be something of a "dear in the headlights" moment followed by some embarrassment for not immediately saying something. It would certainly be forgivable.
Ebdon looks to be employing some playing even slower than normal tactics already to piss Ronnie off. Looks to be working too - only in the first frame and Ronnie is already slouched back in his seat staring at the ceiling.