Mark Allen: Northern Irishman ‘not getting concerned in politics’ of Saudi event

“I am excited by it, I believe the occasion goes to be actually, actually huge. I believe it should be class for us,” mentioned Allen of the upcoming Riyadh Season World Masters of Snooker at Boulevard Metropolis.

“I believe we will be rather well sorted. There may be going to be a number of razzmatazz, in all probability just a little bit completely different to what you are used to seeing in snooker and it is an thrilling time to attempt new issues.

“If Saudi Arabia and different nations within the area need to throw huge cash on the sport I am all for it.

“There are a number of nations world wide that do unusual issues of their decision-making on how they run their nations and we nonetheless go and take part in sports activities spherical there, and even nearer to dwelling there’s in all probability a number of issues that folks would not help however they nonetheless go and take their wage and we’re no completely different.

“What I’d say is, for those who have been provided the chance would you say sure or would you say no, and I am fairly certain that everybody would say sure.

“I am a snooker participant, I am not a politician. Me turning spherical and saying ‘I am not going to play in Saudi’ will not be going to vary what they do or do not do of their nation.”

Allen will probably be joined within the event by world primary Ronnie O’Sullivan, reigning world champion Luca Brecel, Judd Trump, Shaun Murphy, Mark Selby, Ali Carter and Mark Williams, plus Saudi Arabia’s Omar Alajani and Qatar’s Ali Alobaidli.

Each match will probably be performed with a brand new 20-point golden ball, often known as the Riyadh Season Ball, which can give gamers the prospect to make a singular break of 167.

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