Mark Williams stands by his views after Darren Morgan row

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Mark Williams has not backed down in a row with Darren Morgan who has accused the two-time world champion of being a cyber bully.

Former Crucible semi-finalist Morgan, now 51 and playing as an amateur, faced criticism from fellow Welshman Williams over his right to be involved in this week’s Welsh Open.

Morgan secured a wild card by winning an amateur event in January, the Robert Harhhy Memorial, beating 16-year-old Jackson Page in the final.

Williams claimed that Page, who was later handed a place in the Welsh Open draw due to Joe Swail’s withdrawal, should have been entitled to a wild card in the first instance.

The 42-year-old Williams said on Twitter on February 13, regarding Morgan and fellow Welsh wild card Rhydian Richards: “Both of you should count yourselves (lucky) your in it at all.”

That and other social media interaction from Williams drew a forceful response this week from Morgan, who told BBC Sport Wales: “I know he’s fighting Jackson’s corner but he’s a total joke.”

Morgan, who lost to Richards in their pre-qualifier at the tournament venue on Monday, said of Williams: “He thinks it’s a bit of banter but there’s consequences to everything people do and say… but where he thinks it’s banter, to a lot of people it’s cyber bullying… he is abusing his position.

“He’s a bully. He’s a keyboard warrior… but he gets away with it.”

Williams reacted by writing on Twitter: “I’m a grown man and can take it on the chin or chinssssss. Jealousy is a horrible thing”

Asked by a user of the social network who Morgan was, Williams said: “I think he was tha fella who used to impersonate a snooker player about 30 years ago”

Morgan’s World Championship semi-final appearance came in 1994, when he lost to Jimmy White in the last four.

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Press Association Sport understands no disciplinary action has been taken at this stage over the claims from Morgan.

Teenager Page won his first-round match on Monday at the Welsh Open, beating Sean O’Sullivan 4-3 to set up a last-64 clash with defending champion Stuart Bingham.


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