I'd recommend a two card system......
A yellow card as a warning that the players conduct off the table is unnecessarily aggressive.
If they continue to act in such a manner that is not befitting of a snooker player then they receive a red.
A red card means the player forfeits the frame to their opponent. Forfeiting more than 20% of possibles frames (so 2 in a best of 7, 2 in a best 9, 3 in a best of 11, 4 in a best of 19, 5 in a best of 25) means forfeiting the match and victory for the opponent.
Conduct that could warrant a yellow card and a red if repeated.....
- Aggression towards the referee
- Aggression towards an opponent
- Aggression towards the spectators
- Positioning yourself so as to be in the line of sight of your opponent.
- Distraction tactics whilst an opponent is on their shot.
- Not calling a foul on themselves.
- Time wasting at the table
- Time wasting between frames
Replays can be used to enforce this system. The scenes between McGill and Clarke were not befitting of a local league match, let alone a professional tournament, and if the gentlemanly conduct cannot be upheld by old fashioned good manners, a system needs to be brought in to enforce it.
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