Bitter Hallett speaks his mind

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Mike Hallett yesterday complained about both his opponent and one of the game's senior officials after losing 5-4 to Neal Foulds in the first round of the Skoda Grand Prix in Sunderland.

Hallett, unhappy about referee John Williams awarding a free ball in the deciding frame, said: "I've put in a complaint about John, and Neal has totally lost my respect as a professional. Neal knows exactly what he's done. He's tried it on and got the result he wanted. If that's the way he wants to win, I want no part of it.

"The standard of refereeing has got to be consistent. I don't know whether John is out there going through the motions, but I am giving 110 per cent. It isn't a game for me, it's my living and it was a diabolical decision."

Foulds said: "I am very disappointed with what Mike has said and it's left a bitter taste in my mouth. There's no doubt in my mind it was a free ball and I've got a clear conscience on that."