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Furious Stuart Bingham threatened to punch fan after phone going off saw him crash out of Betway UK Championships

FURIOUS Stuart Bingham threatened to punch a fan whose phone cost him his Betway UK Championship place.

The former world champion was playing John Higgins in a Last 16 clash in York.

 Stuart Bingham said he would have knocked a fan out whose phone went off while he was playing
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Stuart Bingham said he would have knocked a fan out whose phone went off while he was playingCredit: PA:Press Association
 Bingham lost to John Higgins at the Betway UK Championships
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Bingham lost to John Higgins at the Betway UK ChampionshipsCredit: PA:Press Association

Despite his 46-18 lead in the ninth frame, a rogue phone well off in the crowd just as he was about to take a key shot.

Flustered Bingham missed that red and his chance to take a strong advantage in the match was squandered.

Scot Higgins went on to clear up in that frame and then the next one to win 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals.

Bingham, 43, gave up a sarcastic thumbs-up to the culprit and gave him evil looks for the rest of the frame.

He said: “Some idiot’s phone went off as I went down to take a shot that would’ve put me on track to go 5-4 up.

“That sort of thing is pathetic.

"If he’d been close enough I think I would’ve knocked him out!”

Higgins, 44, will now face China’s Yan Bingtao after he shocked Australian Neil Robertson 6-1.

 Bingham had a chance to go 5-4 up but ended up losing 6-4
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Bingham had a chance to go 5-4 up but ended up losing 6-4Credit: PA:Press Association
Rangers skipper James Tavernier is hit with a pie from Aberdeen fans while taking throw-in in the early stages at Pittodrie
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