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World of Sport

15th Feb 2016

Snooker chief hits out at Ronnie O’Sullivan over 147 refusal

Is he right?

Robert Redmond

“Unacceptable” and “disrespectful.”

That’s Barry Hearn’s view of Ronnie O’Sullivan’s refusal to pursue a maximum break on Monday afternoon at the Welsh Open.

The five-time world snooker champion was on a break of 80, with a potential for 147 on the table, but opted against playing for what would’ve been his 14th black of the break, taking the easier pink.

O’Sullivan refused to pursue the maximum because the prize for a 147 was £12,000, and he didn’t deem it worthy of his efforts.

“If it had been more, I’d have gone for the 147,” O’Sullivan told BBC Sport.

“It’s like going into a Mercedes garage and when they say that you can have the car for £3,000, you reply, ‘No way, that’s too cheap. I’m not buying it for that’. Certain things have value, and a 147 is a special moment. I want it to feel special all round.”

However, World Snooker chairman Hearn wasn’t happy with the sport’s biggest star, saying “this is not a crime, but a shame,” and calling his actions “unnacceptable” and “disrespectful.”

“Players have a duty to the fans to deliver the best standard and entertainment they can. Anything less than playing to their best ability is unacceptable and disrespectful to the paying public.”