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Ronnie O’Sullivan speaks out after an incredible sporting moment against Stuart Bingham

Ronnie O'Sullivan speaks out after an incredible sporting moment against Stuart Bingham

Ronnie O’Sullivan stunned snooker fans with his sporting moment against Stuart Bingham.

Ronnie O’ Sullivan has spoken out about his sporting moment against Stuart Bingham during their World Snooker Championship match.

O’Sullivan stunned snooker fans when he decided to play it safe after referee Desislava Bozhilova tried to spot the black again but it kept rolling away.

He opted not to take the pot after asking for the black to be spotted again in what Neil Robertson called one of the “greatest bits of sportsmanship” he has ever seen in any sport. People on social media agreed after the incident in the 12th frame.

O’Sullivan said it was down to his ‘principles’ when he took a swipe at the referee, claiming some officials ‘had it in for him’.

“Some referees think they are targeting me,” he told Eurosport. “So I just want to prove her wrong.

“Then I didn’t feel good about having to pot the ball afterwards, but I just want to make a point. The point has been made.

“I’m not that hungry to win that way. I’m more of a principled person. So the principles are made. I can sleep at night.”

Ronnie O'Sullivan watches as the referee signals the black ball again.  Image: Getty

Ronnie O’Sullivan watches as the referee signals the black ball again. Image: Getty

Regarding the incident, Alan McManus believes ‘The Rocket’ made the right decision not to go red.

“Ronnie’s sportsmanship is exemplary and always is,” he said. “He plays a safety shot there.

“But what I think every referee should do is that it doesn’t matter what the players think, see or feel. They can have a discussion about it themselves, you take out our ball marker and if it overlaps he doesn’t see it. is final.

“You don’t need a ball to see if he’s spotting, you use the width of the ball mark. Then you figure out a way to get it on because you know definitively that he’s spotting and that’s the key to that.

“Once you know whether it is or not, you can tell the guys, ‘Look, I measured it at the center of the cross.’

“Because there is a notch, the ball will roll in because it has been spotted 312 times in the last few days.

“It’s not an easy job, it’s just the way you go about it. There are complexities involved, but use the marker and have a look. It goes, that’s the first thing. Let’s find the best way to do it on the spot to get. “

Featured image credits: Eurosport/BBC

Topics: Snooker, Ronnie O’Sullivan