Shaun Murphy throws slow play in the World Snooker Championship

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Shaun Murphy slams slow play in World Snooker Championship … calls on players to ‘keep going’ otherwise fans will get bored and ‘turn on Netflix’ instead

  • Shaun Murphy has played slowly at the World Snooker Championship
  • Mark Selby was warned for being slow in his semi-final against Stuart Bingham
  • Murphy, 38, warned fans will get bored and ‘turn on Netflix if it’s too slow’

Shaun Murphy insists that the climax of the Betfred World Championship should be much more than just winning.

Murphy, 38, is chasing 16 years after his first world title at the Crucible Theater, taking on three-time champion Mark Selby.

Selby was warned of slow play in his semi-final victory over Stuart Bingham, another former winner, who made allegations of playing prowess at Selby – refuted by the world’s No. 4.

Shaun Murphy has criticized players for their slow play at this year's World Snooker Championship

Shaun Murphy has criticized players for their slow play at this year’s World Snooker Championship

But Murphy, 5-3 after Selby after the first session, said, ‘We’re in a theater, we’re an entertainment industry. ‘There is a responsibility with the players in the World Cup final to make it a real show.

‘Specifically with regard to the speed of play, there is a responsibility with the players to continue, but that is ultimately up to the board to enforce.

‘I think it should be taken away from the subjectivity of a single referee, and I’ve always advocated a shot clock – even at the World Cup. Gamblers will disable and enable Netflix if it is too slow. ‘

Mark Selby was warned for slow play in his semi-final win over Stuart Bingham

Mark Selby was warned for slow play in his semi-final win over Stuart Bingham

Mark Selby was warned for slow play in his semi-final win over Stuart Bingham

Selby, 37, defiantly shook off the anti-aircraft guns and told his rivals, “I’ve never used gaming skills in my life.

‘I don’t want people to say,’ He was great to see … but he didn’t win. If you think I’m boring, check out Coronation Street. ‘

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