Stephen Hendry: The seven-time world champion revealed he was fined by snooker bosses in the guise of a masked singer. Snooker News

Stephen Hendry was revealed as the character Rubbish in Saturday’s celebrity singing competition. He has said he has been fined by snooker bosses but could not tell them why he missed events.

Last updated: 23/01/23 at 4:19 pm

Stephen Hendry is a seven-time world snooker champion.

Stephen Hendry is a seven-time world snooker champion.

Stephen Hendry has been fined by snooker’s governing body after he was kicked out of events following his appearance on The Masked Singer.

The seven-time world champion debuted as Rubbish on the popular singing show on Saturday.

When asked what he told people about what he was doing while keeping his identity a secret, the former world no. Press Association: “I’ve had wild cards to play in some snooker events and I’ve actually withdrawn from a couple of events and been fined by the WPBSA (World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association) for doing so.

“And I couldn’t tell them because the recording was going on and I couldn’t say clearly why I pulled out… I just said, ‘Look, I can’t play the tournament.’

“So, yeah, it was, very, very, very weird… You’re dying to tell people what you’re doing but you can’t.”

The WPBSA, whose commercial arm is the World Snooker Tour, administers the rules governing snooker tournaments.

Hendry agreed to take part in the ITV show because he “likes” it and will remain anonymous during the performance.

The 54-year-old said: “I’ve been asked to do other reality shows, but what struck me about this one, obviously, was the fact that you’re in a costume, nobody can see you.

“And obviously (there’s) no tension – it’s not a singing competition, it’s just a show to go in that dress and have fun.”

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