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Peter Lines facing World Snooker probe amid claims he challenged Xiao Guodong to a fight at Northern Ireland Open

Peter Lines facing World Snooker probe amid claims he challenged Xiao Guodong to a fight at Northern Ireland Open

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Peter Lines is facing a World Snooker Tour investigation for allegedly challenging Xiao Guodong to a fight.

Xiao beat Lines 4-3 in qualifying for the Northern Ireland Open, and the latter reportedly aimed a foul-mouthed tirade at his Chinese opponent and challenged him to a fight.

The 32-year-old Xiao wrote about the incident on Chinese social media site Sina Weibo, and has made contact with snooker officials who are investigating

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“I do not make trouble – but also I am not afraid of any provocation,” Xiao said, according to Metro. “I am Chinese. Though my English is not good, I still could make out what was said.

“I have sent all the details to the authorities and am waiting for them to announce the investigation results.”

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Xiao also shared the letter that was sent by his team to the World Snooker Tour (WST).

The letter read: “Xiao brought us to the attention that Peter was using swear words and was also threatening Xiao to step outside the arena for a fight in front of the referee, which is not acceptable and quite intimidating for a player who is coming from a different country.

“In fact it was the security guy that stopped Peter from doing worse.”

Lines, who is a WPBSA board member, told the Sun that he could not comment while the investigation was underway.

A statement from the governing body read: “WST has received a formal complaint from Xiao Guodong regarding the conduct of his opponent Peter Lines following their match in the Northern Ireland Open Qualifiers.

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“A thorough investigation is now underway.

“Neither WST or the WPBSA will make any further comment until the issue is resolved.”

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