03 August 2020 12:40
Kurt Maflin was warned for making an obscene gesture in the 16th frame of his win over David Gilbert in the World Championship first round. Maflin directed the gesture towards the table after his bid for a maximum break ended when he ran out of position on the penultimate red. The prize for a maximum 147 break at this year's event is £40,000 - and Maflin was unable to hide his annoyance at missing out. Referee Tatiana Woollaston took Maflin aside before the start of the next frame and told him: 'I have to warn you - the next one, you lose the frame.' Kurt Maflin showed the cue ball the middle finger after he lost position during his 147 attempt Maflin went on to win the match 10-8 and become the first unseeded player to book his place in the second round. Maflin said: 'I meant nothing by it - it was purely aggression being taken out on the cue ball.
Maflin (above) was warned for making an obscene gesture in his win over David Gilbert Maflin ran out of position on the penultimate red after his effort collided with the yellow '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.' NORWAY'S Kurt Maflin was lucky to escape a fine after giving the MIDDLE FINGER to the white ball. 2 Kurt Maflin flipped his winger to the white ball Credit: [email protected] Referee Tatiana Woollaston gave him a warning, saying: "I saw that. World Snooker didn't appear to see the funny side, warning Maflin although added he would receive no further punishment. It was purely aggression being taken out on the cue ball.
Play Icon WATCH Kurt Maflin flips the bird at cue ball after fluffing 147 maximum chance - World Championship 00:01:20 Maflin went on to win the match by 10 frames to eight and will face John Higgins in the next round. World Championship Watch Ronnie O'Sullivan close out record-breaking win at World Snooker Championship 2 HOURS AGO Norwegian star Maflin, who lives in Oslo but was born in Southwark, was warned by the referee Tatiana Woollaston but composed himself to beat the world number 12 in a thriller 10-8. The obscene gesture game in the 16th frame after he'd run out of position on the penultimate red with his break on 105, meaning he missed out on becoming the 11th player to score a Crucible maximum - and first since 2012 - as well as a prize of £40,000. He said: "I've never done anything like that before - I just felt like I worked really hard to get into that position, and the pot was hard enough on 104. "I thought the referee was telling me to tuck my shirt in or something, but she said she was going to have to warn me for my gesture!
"I have to warn you – the next one, you lose the frame," she said. Maflin insisted: "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." Sign up for the brilliant new Daily Star Sport email newsletter! World Snooker have since confirmed Maflin will not face any further punishment beyond the referee's warning.