O'Sullivan gets "vibe" snooker ref is "looking for trouble"

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Ronnie O'Sullivan has admitted he got the "vibe" that snooker referee Olivier Marteel was "looking for trouble" during the World Championship final.

Belgian official Marteel was charged with overseeing the final between O'Sullivan and Judd Trump at the Crucible, but angered the former during the opening day of the match. One heated confrontation saw O'Sullivan tell him "don't start" whilst their spat also included the Rocket sarcastically asking Marteel to have a go at a shot himself.

Their row was addressed by O'Sullivan as he spoke to Eurosport before the evening session at the Crucible on Sunday as he relaxed in his dressing room.

“I just think he seems to be looking for trouble," explained O'Sullivan. "I just get a vibe from the guy. They've got hundreds of cameras out there. They can go and check them all. Slow-motion them down.

"I'll let the ref talk to you but I'm not going to have any of it because I think he's just trying to create something. He needs to deal with it, not me.”

Marteel was tasked with refereeing his second-ever World Snooker Championship final, having previously officiated the 2015 contest between Stuart Bingham and Shaun Murphy.

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Referee Olivier Marteel during day sixteen of the Betfred World Snooker Championship
Referee Olivier Marteel during day sixteen of the Betfred World Snooker Championship

Ronnie O'Sullivan
Ronnie O'Sullivan criticised Olivier Marteel during a break in the World Snooker Championship final

O'Sullivan had raced into a commanding lead over Trump on Sunday as he ended the day with a 12-5 lead as he chased a record-equalling seventh title.

However, he faced a much sterner test on Monday as Trump staged a thrilling fightback, winning six games to O'Sullivan's two to pull the score back to 14-11.

Victory over Trump would see O'Sullivan equal Stephen Hendry's record of seven World Championships, having previously lost just one of his seven finals to date.

Ahead of the final, the 46-year-old joked that he would check himself into a Champneys for a month after the final, telling the BBC: "That's all you want to do, play snooker, there's a bit of a circus around this tournament and it goes on forever.

"If it was a week you could maybe suffer it, but 17 days of stress... I'm definitely going to book myself into Champneys after this for a month. Detox.”

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