Hossein Vafaei reveals how chat with Ronnie O'Sullivan went after retirement comments

April 20, 2022
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Phil Haigh ✍️  

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Hossein Vafaei ruffled some feathers with comments about Ronnie O’Sullivan (Picture: Getty Images)

Hossein Vafaei says his relationship with Ronnie O’Sullivan is absolutely fine despite calling for the Rocket to retire, revealing that they have had a chat and he has taken the Englishman’s thoughts on board.

The Iranian made some eye-catching comments before the start of the World Championships, saying that O’Sullivan is not good for snooker and should retire as he is not helping the game expand.

The six-time world champion laughed off the criticism, saying he has made plenty of controversial comments over the years, and it seems that he is certainly not holding a grudge.

Vafaei has no issue with garnering some headlines, so doesn’t regret the comments, but says he has talked to O’Sullivan and now accepts that it is not down to him to grow the sport, but the powers-that-be.

‘It was quite funny. Snooker is too boring. We should make the people more interested in snooker,’ Vafaei told Eurosport when asked about his memorable comments.

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O’Sullivan made a winning start to his World Championship campaign, beating Dave Gilbert in the first round (Picture: Getty Images)

‘We’ve been talking together. Ronnie was saying it’s not our responsibility to make the game bigger. They should make the game bigger.

‘With experience, I was young, I didn’t know. I was thinking, “Why is the sport not getting big? Why are we not getting paid like tennis players or golfers?”

‘I hope snooker can change and in the future become bigger and the prize money improve as well.

‘We had a chat and talked about how it’s not our responsibility to make the game big and focus on our job.

‘He was right, yeah absolutely. I totally respect him.’

Even when making his comments on O’Sullivan, Vafaei said the pair were good friends, and it appears nothing has changed.

‘Absolutely we’re okay, yeah,’ he said. ‘Always talking together, laughing together, using the practice room together.’

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