World Snooker Championship: Mark Williams left off official video game cover
By Kris Bramwell BBC News
The makers of the official world snooker video game have been accused of a marketing failure after leaving the current world champion off the cover of their latest title Snooker 19.
Images of Mark Selby, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump and Neil Robertson were preferred to the 44-year-old Welshman Mark Williams. However, the current world number three has responded in good humour.
Fans have questioned the decision to omit Williams’s image, and his wife Joanne has accused World Snooker of “massive prejudice” and asked whether it is his age or because he is Welsh.
The Twitter account for Snooker 19 explained: “There are 128 players in the game and only space for four on the cover. We were never going to be able to please everyone so we worked with World Snooker to make the tough decision.”
Many snooker fans have disagreed with the decision, some calling the reasoning “bizarre,” while others said the choice was “scandalous”.