Lynne Pinches’ brother has praised her for ‘taking a stand’ after she refused to play a transgender opponent in the final of a tournament.
Pinches refused to play Harriet Haynes at the Ladies Champions of Champions event in Denbighshire, Wales.
Footage shows the player approaching the referee to inform them of her decision to forfeit the game and wave goodbye to her chance of winning the tournament.
She then went back to her seat, packed up her cue and left the arena as a stunned audience watched on. Her bemused opponent was then left to pick up the trophy by default.
Pinches’ brother, Barry, took to social media to praise his sister for ‘taking a stand’ and voiced his opinion that it was ‘unfair’ for her to be drawn against a trans player.
‘Full credit and great respect to my sister Lynne Pinches yesterday for taking a stand and not playing in the biggest match of her pool playing life because she feels it’s so unfair to have to compete against a trans woman,’ he said.
A female pool player reportedly refused to compete against a trans-identified male opponent at the Women’s Champions of Champions Final in Denbighshire, Wales, yesterday.
Lynne Pinches walked away from the table after being matched to play against Chris “Harriet” Haynes. pic.twitter.com/vLofQALosk
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