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Ronnie O’Sullivan appears to be joining the list of great acts of sportsmanship

Ronnie O’Sullivan was praised for his apparent sportsmanship during his quarter-final match with Stuart Bingham at the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield.

The seven-time world champion opted to end his break by playing a safety shot, rather than attempting to pot a red, as he didn’t believe the black was properly in place and appeared unwilling to gain an unfair advantage.

Here, the PA news agency selects five previous examples of fair play in professional sport.

Paolo di Canio

Controversial Italian Di Canio endeared himself to the British public when he played for West Ham in a Premier League match against Everton in December 2000.

Home goalkeeper Paul Gerrard lay injured on the ground when an unmarked Di Canio was picked out in the area by teammate Trevor Sinclair.

But instead of putting the ball into an empty net to give the Hammers a 2-1 lead, the striker opted to catch the ball and allow Gerrard to receive treatment. The incident earned Di Canio a FIFA Fair Play award.

Andy Roddick

Three-time Wimbledon finalist Andy RoddickThree-time Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick was a three-time Wimbledon finalist (PA)

Number one seed Roddick was a set, 5-3 and three match points too good, while a place in the quarter-finals of the 2005 Rome Masters beckoned when he reprieved opponent Fernando Verdasco.

A line judge ruled that the Spaniard had served a double fault, but the American insisted that the second serve was in and therefore an ace.

Verdasco saved two more match points, won the game and then claimed the set on a tie-break before completing a 6-7 7-6 6-4 victory.

Alistair Brownlee

Alistair Brownlee came to the rescue of exhausted younger brother Jonny during a dramatic conclusion to the World Triathlon Series in Mexico in September 2016.

Jonny had to win the race and hoped that Spaniard Mario Mola would not finish higher than fourth. That seemed to be happening until the scorching heat took its toll.

As Jonny started to wobble, Alistair – third at the time – put his arm around him and almost carried him across the finish line. South African Henri Schoenman won the race, while Mola won the title.

MS Dhoni

Ian Bell, left, and batting partner Eoin Morgan await the umpire's decision on the controversial run-outIan Bell, left, and batting partner Eoin Morgan await the umpire's decision on the controversial run-out

Ian Bell, left, and batting partner Eoin Morgan wait for the umpire’s decision on the controversial run-out (Rui Vieira/PA)

During England’s Second Test against India at Trent Bridge in July 2011, Ian Bell was run out on 137 after leaving the crease before the ball was dead.

Bell felt the ball had reached the boundary but after an India call it was ruled out.

England captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower visited India’s dressing room during the tea break and asked MS Dhoni, the Indian skipper, if the decision could be reversed. Dhoni took it to the rest of his team and they agreed that Bell could move on.

Robbie Fowler

Robbie Fowler's penalty was saved by David Seaman, but Jason McAteer scored the reboundRobbie Fowler's penalty was saved by David Seaman, but Jason McAteer scored the rebound

Robbie Fowler’s penalty was saved by David Seaman but Jason McAteer scored the rebound (Sean Dempsey/PA)

In March 1997, Fowler was awarded a penalty at Highbury after being brought down by Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman.

The Liverpool forward urged referee Gerald Ashby to change his mind as he had tripped and fallen.

Fowler’s penalty was saved by Seaman, but Jason McAteer was alert to get the rebound in and put the Reds 2-0 on course for a 2-1 victory.

Speaking about the incident in 2015, Fowler, who received a fair play award, claimed he had not missed on purpose.