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Ronnie O’Sullivan breaks silence after confusion with referee at Snooker World Cup after ‘greatest sportsmanship’

RONNIE O’SULLIVAN set out to prove a referee wrong about his sporting act during the World Snooker Championship.

The world number one raised a few eyebrows during his quarter-final against Stuart Bingham.

Ronnie O'Sullivan revealed he wanted to prove to the referee that she had made the wrong decision

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Ronnie O’Sullivan revealed he wanted to prove to the referee that she had made the wrong decisionCredit: Getty
Desislava Bozhilova spotted the black again several times

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Desislava Bozhilova spotted the black again several timesCredit: Reuters
O'Sullivan chose to play it safe when there was a pot on it

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O’Sullivan chose to play it safe when there was a pot on itCredit: Getty

In frame 12, he disputed a call from referee Desislava Bozhilova after she put the black ball back in place before swinging it forward.

O’Sullivan, 48, was unhappy with the outcome of the referee’s decision, so he took matters into his own hands by playing safety rather than going for the pot – an act Neil Robertson described as the ‘ best bit of sportsmanship in any sport’. have seen”.

The Rocket shared his thoughts on the incident and revealed that he wanted to prove to the referee that she had made a mistake.

He said: “To be honest, I think some referees are targeting me.

“So I just wanted to prove her wrong.

“I thought, you know what, I didn’t feel good about potting the ball after that.

“But I just wanted to make a point. The point was made.

“I’m not that hungry to win that way. I’m more of a principled person, so once the principle is established, I can sleep at night.”

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O’Sullivan subsequently lost the frame, but pundit Ken Doherty claimed the snooker legend might not have minded as he would have been keen to avoid controversy.

He said of the incident: “I think he was also aware that if he potted it it would be a controversial situation. He probably didn’t want that in his own head and so he decided to play it safe.

“It was a very difficult situation for both player and referee.”

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