Those who complain that there is no tradition left in snooker these days will doubtless be buoyed by the news that the game's no.1 hellraiser is again mired in controversy.
Alex Higgins is reported to have punched a referee during an exhibition in the North East of England last night.
The twice world champion, who has just released his autobiography, hasn't played on the pro circuit for ten years but remains a huge figure. His career was dogged by various bouts of bad behaviour of which this appears to be the latest.
Still, can't see this incident harming book sales somehow.
Story here: http://www.sportinglife.com/snooker/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=snooker/07/06/12/manual_121905.html