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Football shirts banned from World Snooker Championship at The Crucible

Coventry fan Brian Wright watches on as John Higgins plays Barry Hawkins (credit: Warren Little/Getty Images)

Snooker fans have been banned from wearing football shirts at The Crucible during this year’s World Championship.

In a change to the dress code, no sportswear or team sport shirts are permitted to be worn inside the auditorium during the tournament at the request of the event promoter.

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn has backed the decision and believes it will bring snooker in line with darts - also run by his company Matchroom Sport.

A statement on the World Snooker website reads:

'Sorry football fans…but from this year, spectators are requested to dress smartly in the arena. 

'The Event Promoter requests that no sportswear or team sport shirts are worn. 

'If in the opinion of the Event Promoter an item of clothing is not deemed suitable to wear in the arena the person will be refused admission until such time they have found an alternative item of clothing that is deemed acceptable.'

Various football shirts are traditionally worn during the sport's annual show-piece, which is watched by an estimated global audience of 500 million.

Among the fans proudly displaying their team's colours is Coventry City fan Brian Wright, who has been a Crucible regular since 1989 and has a prime view of the action from the front row.

The decision has divided opinion among fans and players on social media, with reigning Masters Champion Mark Allen admitting he sees no reason why football shirts should be banned.





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