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This controversy appeared in the fourth game, when Gilbert was still leading McLeod 2-1, with a small score leading 44-34. Subsequently, Gilbert accidentally hit the cue ball while hitting the green ball, but the referee did not penalize a foul.
Regarding the referee's ignorance, McLeod argued for reasons and insisted that he should get a free kick because of the opponent's foul, but the referee still ignored it. Subsequently, Gilbert also joined the dispute, allowing McLeod to respect the referee's penalty.
At this moment, the dispute on the court has transformed from McLeod and the referee directly to McLeod and Gilbert. The two players completely ignored the gentleman's demeanor of snooker sports and quarreled loudly. Gilbert even shouted: "Do you think I'm cheating?"
Seeing that the dispute between the two sides was raging, the referee decisively intervened and issued warnings to the two in turn, and McLeod had to confirm this result. However, this controversy not only did not affect McLeod's performance, he eventually won four games in a row, reversing Gilbert 4-2 to advance.
After the game, McLeod was still aggrieved by the dispute, even bluntly saying that he should not be ignored by the referee because he is a black player. "Obviously this should be a free kick. Gilbert and I have known each other for a long time, but in that game, he was simply too gaffe." McLeod said, "In addition, the referee can't just ignore one just because of my identity. People."
Gilbert responded, "He (McLeod) was very wrong when he said I was wrong, but I don't care. On the other hand, he has been trying to intimidate the referee, but it was not a free kick at all. Fortunately, the referee persisted in the end. Right point of view."