Murphy, who earlier this year had 80% of his stomach removed after undergoing life changing gastric sleeve surgery, took aim at the seven-time world champion this week amid his claims he didn't enjoy snooker. O'Sullivan, who has sauntered into the quarter finals of the UK Championship, also branded himself 'an imposter' who shouldn't be playing, and criticised the standard of his fellow pro's.
'The Magician' hit out at the comments, accusing O'Sullivan of being a bad ambassador for the game. But it seems not all rivals of 'The Rocket' agreed.
Prior to his first round win against David Gilbert, 2005 world champion Murphy claimed he would be playing through the pain barrier this week due to neck and back problems. He came through that clash 6-5, but then warned fans he would have similar issues in Thursday's last 16 match with Judd Trump.
"In terrible pain today with my neck / shoulder," he tweeted. "Started getting worse two days ago and I could hardly play at all yesterday. Going to try everything to be ready to play at 1pm but right now it’s not looking good."
Northern Ireland star Allen, himself already into the quarter finals, was blunt in his reply, saying: "Must be that chip on your shoulder doing the damage."
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His frankness seemed to be comically received by snooker fans, with @moloneyrobert saying: "This wins the Internet for today. Thank god someone said it to him." @PrestonsWomble added: "Ouch. A tad harsh."
This week doesn't represent the first time that Murphy and O'Sullivan, 46, have been at odds. Last year, it was 'The Rocket' who was scathing after his rival claimed amateurs should be permitted to enter professional events.
Murphy later claimed he had received death threats over the saga, and admitted his stomach surgery followed endless incidents of fat-shaming from online trolls. Despite his apparent concerns over making it to the table to face Trump, he didn't seem affected early on with the game tied at 2-2 at the first mid session interval.
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