Ding Junhui has come under fire again from Internet users.
But this time is not searching for his girlfriend, but his reaction to net users to Manchester United's 6-1 loss to Manchester City during a derby last Sunday.
The Chinese snooker sensation tweeted his feelings on China's version of Twitter, Sina Weibo, after he was invited to Old Trafford as a United fan and watched the Manchester derby, posting photos of the stadium and his free team jersey.
"Do you believe it is 6-1. Today is possibly the most shameful day in United's more than a hundred year's history. I am the one who witnessed this game," Ding wrote.
But Ding's post stirred an outpouring of criticism from irritated Man United fans in China who deemed Ding's defiant words as sarcastic on their beloved English Premier team.
Low-key Ding fired back 25 hours after his single post had received nearly 1,300 comments from net users by late Thursday with some verbal attacks.
"The Manchester Derby is a rare game to watch and I don't mind the result. Just enjoy the moment," Ding replied. "Do not pretend to be a soccer fan if you cannot afford your team's loss. Shame on you being a United fan…"
Ding's raging reply became an Internet sensation again as the comments that followed doubled those of the previous post, with some use more aggressive replies, but others who stand by the youth celebrity.
But Ding's agent Zhang Meng reacted that the Weibo war was "a total misunderstanding" and "Ding did not mean to make fun of the Manchester United's loss". Actually Ding felt he was innocent of the abuse because he himself is a loyal Manchester United fan and he loves Wayne Rooney very much, according to a friend of Ding.
"Weibo really has a huge effect nowadays. As a celebrity like Ding Junhui, some of his indeliberate words may offend others," one of Ding's relative was quoted as saying by Chinese newspaper Modern Express, "And I'll tell Ding to be cautious of writing his mcroblog in the future."