Ronnie O’Sullivan loudly broke wind at an empty Milton Keynes arena on Thursday, before blaming it on the referee.
The six-time world champion trumped during his Northern Ireland Open third-round clash with Matthew Stevens, which he eventually won 4-2.
But while trailing 2-1, O’Sullivan shattered the silence with a loud fart when shaping up to take on a red.
The Rocket, Stevens and referee Ben Williams could not hide their grins – but the latter was soon left red-faced when it was pinned on him.
O’Sullivan cheekily looked up at Williams and joked: “Was that you?”
But afterwards he admitted: “I dropped my guts – I am taking full ownership of that. I have had stomach problems for a couple of months.
“I did say ‘Was that you’ to the referee but I am proud of that one.
“As for the table – it is the heaters and the effect on the cloth.
“It is like taking clothes to the dry cleaners and they do them on too high a heat.”
Commentator Neal Foulds was left in hysterics over the incident, saying: “That was a very unfortunate noise.”
O’Sullivan was not best pleased with the state of the table at the end of frame five, insisting the balls were “pinging” off the cushions.
He required EIGHT snookers on the final blue during the first frame, something that is usually frowned upon in the sport.
The snooker legend is due to lock horns with Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in the fourth round later this evening.
Meanwhile, recent Champion of Champions winner Mark Allen crashed out in a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Scott Donaldson.
Allen said: “Despite today I know my game is in good shape and I am not going to get too down on myself because of one poor day at the office.
“I am really looking forward to the UK Championship next week, it is just a shame we are not going to York.
“It doesn’t feel quite as bad today as it does when this event is in its usual proper home in Belfast. Normally there is a lot of pressure on me in the build-up to my home tournament.”
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