Snooker player Robert Milkins apologises for drunken behaviour at Turkish Masters
He was also knocked out in the first round.
Snooker player Robert Milkins has apologised after he arrived drunk at the opening ceremony of the inaugural Turkish Masters.
The world number 44 admitted that he was "out of it" after he had been drinking heavily to celebrate his birthday and reportedly required hospital treatment after he fell and split open his chin.
Milkins, nicknamed 'The Milkman,' apologised for his behaviour in Antalya and expressed his regret at what had happened.
Robert Milkins apologies for drunken behaviour at Turkish Masters.
"It was my birthday and I had been drinking for a long time but that is no excuse and I know that," he is quoted as saying by The Sun.
"I can only apologise to any guests I offended that night. I wouldn't have known who it was.
"And I have apologised to the organisers and the hotel. It is the first time snooker has come to Turkey and my behaviour was totally out of order.
"When I got to the toilet I lost my legs and think I hit my chin on the sink or the ground, cutting it open.
"I was almost knocked out, and I'm pretty sure I have broken ribs. If I had my stomach pumped I don't remember that either."
Not as bad as it’s made to sound pal nobody got hurt apart from myself,and obviously upset a few which I deeply regret,i said sorry to all the Turkish people and world snooker and they’ve all been great with me!
— Robert milkins (@robmilkins147) March 8, 2022
Milkins added on Twitter that the situation was "not as bad as it’s made to sound" and that only he was injured in the boozy incident.
"Not as bad as it’s made to sound pal," he tweeted in response to another user.
"Nobody got hurt apart from myself and obviously upset a few which I deeply regret. I said sorry to all the Turkish people and world snooker and they’ve all been great with me!"
Milkins lost his first-round match 5-4 to Ding Junhui, after being 4-1 up in the game.