Higgins in lsquomad manrsquo snooker rant 2009: Thursday 19

Higgins in lsquomad manrsquo snooker rant

Thursday, 19 February 2009 Alex ''Hurricane'' Higgins in 1980 Snooker player Alex Higgins has been dropped from a charity event in Limerick next month

after he allegedly threatened and verbally abused spectators and a referee at a separate match. The Belfast-born former snooker world champion is reported to have reduced a 10-year-old boy to tears, threatened to smash a snooker ball into a spectator&8217s face and told the referee at last Thursday&8217s exhibition match in Kildare that he would stick his cue &8220up your a&8221. Higgins&8217 latest debacle took place in Athy, Co Kildare during a game against Jimmy White. As a result, Limerick and North Tipperary Carer&8217s Association, who had arranged for the 59-year-old to play in a charity match in Limerick next month, have dropped him from the schedule and replaced him with seven-time world champion, Stephen Hendry. Sports Editor with the Kildare Nationalist newspaper, Brendan Coffey, acted as referee at last week&8217s match and experienced Higgins&8217 abuse and threatening demeanour at first hand.

Mr Coffey claimed Higgins behaved like a &8220mad man&8221.

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