haun Murphy blasted snooker authorities for allowing amateur players to participate in professional tournaments.
The 2005 world champion suffered a huge upset against China’s Si Jiahui in the first round of the UK Championship on Tuesday night, losing 6-5 to the York Barbican.
Subsequently, Murphy – beaten by Mark Selby in the World Championship final at The Crucible earlier this year – said Si should never have been in the competition in the first place.
“I feel extremely hard because I lost to someone who shouldn’t even be in the building,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“I don’t know why, as a sport, we allow amateurs to participate in professional tournaments. It’s our livelihood. It’s our life. We are self-employed, not contract athletes. We are. let’s not play for a team.
“The 127 other riders and riders in the tournament are also their livelihood. In my opinion, it’s wrong to run into someone who doesn’t play with the same pressures and the same concerns as me.
“He played like a man who doesn’t care about the world, because he doesn’t care about the world. It’s not fair, it’s not fair.
“I don’t blame him as a young man, he deserved his victory. Amateurs shouldn’t be allowed in professional tournaments, end.
“It’s our livelihood. That’s how I put food on the table. That’s how I make money. Since I turned pro at 15, I have earned the right to call me a professional snooker player. He didn’t do that. He shouldn’t be on the table. “