Allen stands by Fu comment
Mark Allen has predicted his williamhill.com UK Championship opener against Marco Fu could be a fiery affair.
Allen has stood by his claim that the Hong Kong cueman has deliberately cheated in the past.
There was uproar at the Crucible in April when Allen said breaking the rules was possibly a Chinese trait, after a sore first-round World Championship loss to the little-known Cao Yupeng whom he accused of playing a push shot but not owning up to the foul.
The Northern Irishman picked out Hong Kong player Fu specifically, and was later fined £10,000 for the outburst by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, also receiving a suspended three-month ban.
Fu, who has never been found to have cheated, expressed bafflement at Allen's comments, saying he considered the 26-year-old Antrim player a friend and insisting he had never intentionally broken snooker's rules.
Yet seven months have passed since the claims were made and the pair have yet to discuss the issue.
Allen said: "We haven't spoken, although for my disciplinary in May Marco did write a letter saying he had no hard feelings about what I said, and how he'd known me for a long time and we've always got on well.
"It was a heat-of-the-moment comment. It was a comment that I still stand by.
"I'd never said anything about Marco as a person. Marco as a person is one of the nicest people you'd ever meet.
"Obviously people make mistakes on the table. But aside from that, Marco is a great snooker player.
"It was just one of those things. In the heat of the moment I said things that, as much as I thought they were true, I probably still shouldn't have said.
"If Marco does want to chat to me I'm always here to talk about what I said and why I said it."
The pair will go head to head at the Barbican Centre in York on Sunday, the second day of the £625,000 UK Championship, with world number eight Allen this year looking to go one better after losing out to Judd Trump in the 2011 final.
"If Marco wants to make it a bit of a grudge match I think that's possibly the worst thing you could ever do, because I'm one of the most motivated players you could ever meet," said Allen.
"If it turned into one of those sorts of matches, Marco would have no chance."
The heavy punishment for Allen's controversial remarks came at the end of a season in which he received several smaller fines, including one for a series of disparaging Twitter comments about Chinese people and another for his fierce and foul-mouthed criticism of World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn while in York last December.
While making what might have been a cogent point about the reduction in the number of frames in matches at the UK Championship, Allen called on Hearn to step aside for a new chairman, and claimed the veteran promoter did not care for the players' interests, only increasingly his own wealth.
"I look back on it expensively. It's cost me a lot of money, giving my opinion," Allen said. "I still like to have an opinion, it's just about wording it a bit better, being more careful with how I say things.
"I still stand by pretty much everything I said last year. Some of the words I used were obviously wrong."