Multiple-time professional and amateur champion Mike Russell has been expelled from the World Billiards Championship and suspended from any further involvement with the game pending enquiry following allegations of him abusing a female delegate.
According to a statement from the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), the 11-time professional and six-time amateur champion is alleged to have assaulted a female delegate and was also found to have been abusive towards other delegates at the ongoing world bash in Leeds, United Kingdom.
“The WPBSA have carefully considered the allegation and statements made by witnesses,” the world body said in a statement. “The WPBSA have concluded that it would not be appropriate for Mike Russell to continue to compete in the World Billiards events whilst this allegation is investigated. Therefore WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson has taken the decision to suspend Mike Russell from competition and attendance at events whilst this enquiry is ongoing.”
Subject to his right to appeal, this suspension will remain in place until either the conclusion of the investigation or any resultant hearings.
The decision taken by the WPBSA is fully endorsed by the amateur body -- the International Billiards and Snooker Federation.