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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 February, 2004, 16:30 GMT
Crowd mars White win
Jimmy White
White won a nervy battle
Jimmy White hit out at unruly members of the Wembley crowd after his 6-4 win over world number three Stephen Hendry.

Frequent shouts were heard from a pro-White crowd at key moments during the contest prompting the Englishman to call for offenders to be thrown out.

"The crowds were a bit loud and there was one woman who didn't stop talking all game. Once you sling a couple out, the rest behave," said White.

"I get great support here, but this is a bit embarrassing."

White claimed his first Wembley win over Hendry in seven attempts.

A break of 54 gave him the first frame, but a fluked red set up Hendry for a 97 break, and he won the next to go ahead.

You have to take it as a compliment.... they only boo because you're a threat
Stephen Hendry

White restored parity only for a 101 break to put Hendry in front, but a missed pink saw White make it 3-3 and he edged a nervy seventh for 4-3.

Mistakes came as the pressure grew but White held his nerve and a break of 51 helped him clinch the vital frame.

Afterwards, White apologised to Hendry for the conduct of the crowd.

"You can't blame everyone for four or five people but Stephen's a total gentleman who doesn't deserve that."

And Hendry said: "Every year we get the same interruptions and nothing's done about it, so it's part and parcel of playing at Wembley.

"You have to take it as a compliment. They only boo because you're a threat.

"But that's not an excuse. I lost because I missed a pink for 4-2 that I could pot with my eyes shut."

In response to the Wembley crowd trouble, the game's governing body issued a statement saying they planned to beef up security measures.

One particular spectator today caused unacceptable disturbance
Snooker statement

"The importance of security is paramount to the organisers of all professional snooker tournaments," read the statement.

"This incident will be considered as par of a wider security review applying to the professional circuit.

"One particular spectator today caused unacceptable disturbance and was warned she would be required to leave the arena if this was repeated.

"She caused another disturbance at the end of the ninth frame and security staff agreed she should be ejected from the arena and escorted out of the venue.

"The 10th frame had started by this stage and rather than interrupt the match she was ejected at the end of the frame which was the last of the match."


Frame scores (White first): 64-7, 0-97, 6-88, 76-42, 0-101 (101 break), 58-47, 57-45, 8-65, 64-39, 68-32




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