Mark Allen says he 'can't rule out' withdrawing from UK Championship

Mark Allen admits he could still end up pulling out of the UK Championship because of ongoing issues in his personal life.

The Antrim snooker ace said he “can’t rule out” withdrawing from this week’s event at York’s barbican Gate.

Allen admitted that he only decided to play in the tournament after taking advice from three legal representatives.

The 35-year-old – who beat Michael Judge 6-2 in. the first round of the UK Championship – did not elaborate on the nature of the issues.

Allen – who has struggled over the past couple of years with depression, divorce and financial difficulty – was forced to miss last week’s Champion of Champions due to “personal reasons”.

After winning last month’s Northern Ireland Open he later admitted he was “unsure if he would get any” of his £70,000 prize money for winning the event.

Allen has previously spoken about coping with mental health issues and undergoing divorce proceedings from wife Kyla.

He has also been involved in a dispute with his former partner Reanne Evans over maintenance payments for the couple’s daughter.

Asked if he could be forced to withdraw early, Allen said: “I really hope it doesn’t happen, that I am not allowed or able to see out the rest of the UK Championship having made the decision to come.

“I can’t rule it out, if I’m honest.

“I don’t know what the next days or weeks will bring. Ultimately I have to just go out and try and win snooker matches.

“And if I get a phone call giving me bad news, then so be it. I am here to try and win the UK Championship and unless I get bad news that won’t change.

“But quite possibly I could get a call before my second-round match or later in the event and not be able to continue. Jason Ferguson at the WPBSA and others in the game involved are fully aware and up to date with the situation and what is going on, and would fully understand if that happened.

“I hope it won’t, the solicitors are more hopeful, but I have had so many setbacks that I can’t get my hopes up too much.

“Going forward if I get a phone call I don’t want it might stop me playing in the Scottish Open, if I don’t I should be able to play in that one.

“Going forward if it goes well on the next deadline in the process of December 10th I should be able to continue.

“And you have no idea how much of a relief that would be – there would be tears shed to have light at the end of the tunnel.”

Allen is scheduled to play Joe O’Connor on in the second round on Saturday evening.

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