06/12/2012 11:23 EDT | Updated 08/12/2012 05:12 EDT

Snooker player Mark Allen gets suspended ban and fine for accusing Chinese of cheating

LONDON - A leading snooker player has received a suspended three-month ban after accusing Chinese players of cheating.

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association says Northern Ireland's Mark Allen was also fined 10,000 pounds ($15,500) for behaviour that was "unacceptable and offensive to China and the Chinese players."

Allen accused Chinese opponent Cao Yupeng of failing to penalize himself for a "blatant push" during their first-round match at the world championships in April. He then claimed cheating "seems to be a bit of a trait for the Chinese players."

Snooker is very popular in China, where 11th-ranked Ding Junhui is one of the country's most famous sportsmen.

Allen's suspension will only come into effect if he commits any new rules violation in the next six months.