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Ronnie O’Sullivan praised for incredible sportsmanship after ‘never seen before’ incident

Ronnie O'Sullivan praised for incredible sportsmanship after 'never seen before' incident

The commentators couldn’t believe it.

Commentators couldn’t believe their eyes when Ronnie O’Sullivan opted not to pot a ball to give him a 7-5 lead because it was ‘too easy’.

O’Sullivan decided to play it safe, which ultimately cost him a frame against Stuart Bingham, who leveled the match at 6–6 after the incident.

The incident occurred because the ball was not stable in the correct position, forcing the referee to move the white, putting it within perfect range for O’Sullivan to pocket the red and win the frame.

The 2010 world champion, Neil Robertson, couldn’t believe what he had seen on commentary.

“It’s such an unusual situation, I’ve never seen it before. It depends on whether the black one swings up and down,” he said on the BBC.

Then O’Sullivan did the unthinkable, essentially throwing the frame because he presumably thought he had been given an unfair advantage.

“He played it safe, even though he could have pocketed the red. It’s unbelievable.

This is probably one of the greatest acts of sportsmanship I have ever seen in any sport,” Robertson said.

‘That’s incredible. I’ve never seen anything like it before.’

1997 World Champion Ken Doherty shed more light on the situation that led to O’Sullivan making the decision.

“The problem was that the black was rocking a bit on the spot, meaning Ronnie couldn’t pocket the red. Ronnie just questioned it, and he had every right to do so.

It was a difficult situation for Ronnie and the referee,” he explained.

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Topics: Ronnie O’Sullivan, World Snooker Championship