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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 massive. I believe it should be class for us,” stated Allen of the upcoming Riyadh Season World Masters of Snooker at Boulevard Metropolis.

“I believe we’ll be rather well sorted. There may be going to be lots of razzmatazz, in all probability a bit of bit totally 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 international locations within the area wish to throw massive cash on the sport I am all for it.

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

“What I might say is, when you had been supplied 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’ just isn’t 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 called the Riyadh Season Ball, which can give gamers the prospect to make a novel break of 167.

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