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Crucible Theatre: Hossein Vafaei says Sheffield venue ‘smells’ and the World Championship ought to transfer elsewhere


Iran’s Hossein Vafaei has criticised the Crucible Theatre, saying the venue “smells actually unhealthy”, the follow room is sort of a “storage” and the World Championship ought to transfer elsewhere.

The Crucible, which solely holds 980 individuals, has staged snooker’s largest competitors yearly since 1977.

Its present deal expires in three years with many believing the occasion ought to then transfer from its Sheffield base.

“Ought to I be trustworthy? Are you having fun with being right here?” requested the 29-year-old.

“Historical past is essential however no one invests any cash on this historic venue. You need to go someplace very nice. If you happen to stroll across the Crucible it smells actually unhealthy. I am trustworthy. Every little thing is so unhealthy.”

Vafaei has performed on the Crucible in every of the previous three years and misplaced 10-5 to world quantity two Judd Trump within the first spherical of the 2024 competitors on Sunday.

However the Iranian would favor the occasion to be held in both China or Saudi Arabia, a rustic that staged its first snooker event in March with the World Masters of Snooker.

“You go to different prime venues in different nations and you’ll see how good they deal with you, how good all the things is and it’s so shiny and utterly totally different,” added Vafaei. “If you happen to ask me do I need to come again right here, the reply is not any.

“The follow room? Do you see something particular about it? It looks like I am working towards in a storage and that is not good. I am coming right here from a special nation to see that. I am sorry I’ve to inform the reality.”

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