Vafaei Criticizes Conditions after Crashing Out to Trump

Vafaei Criticizes Conditions after Crashing Out to Trump

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Hossein Vafaei strongly criticized the conditions at the Crucible after crashing out of the 2024 World Snooker Championship in a 10-5 defeat by former champion Judd Trump.

The Iranian described the Sheffield venue as “smelly”, compared its practice facilities to “like playing in a garage”, and questioned the treatment of players in the course of the marathon 17-day event.

“Everything’s so bad – if you ask me if I want to come back here, I would tell you no way,” said Vafaei, who is no stranger to Crucible controversy after playing a rash break-off shot in his defeat by Ronnie O’Sullivan last year.

“Forget the history, you want to go somewhere really nice as a player. You walk round the Crucible and it smells really bad. You go to other countries, and everything is shiny. But here it’s completely different.

“The practice room – do you see anything special? I feel like I’m practicing in a garage.”

Speculation over the future of the Crucible, which has staged the tournament since 1977, has been heightened since world No1 O’Sullivan suggested it should be moved to Saudi Arabia or China when the existing deal expires in 2027, reported.

Vafaei, who made his debut in 2022, is clearly no fan and continued: “Look at the China venues, how fantastic they treat the players, a red carpet and an opening ceremony. The players are treated like stars. But here no one looks after the players, before and after the match no one cares who you are.

“If they don’t want to lose the Crucible invest some money, make it shinier, make it nicer, make it more luxury for the people. If they make it cleaner and nicer, people will enjoy it.”

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