Ronnie O'Sullivan's comments called a disgrace by Higgins

April 28, 2022
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John Higgins labelled Ronnie O'Sullivan's comments on snooker a disgrace back in December after a victory at the Scottish Open.

O'Sullivan had claimed that he would not like his children to play the sport professionally following a match at the tournament in Wales at the tail end of last year. However, those comments did not sit well with Higgins, who hit back at the six-time world champion and argued that his comments were "terrible" given his status within snooker.

Their feud now looks set to come to a head as they prepare to meet in the semi-finals of the World Snooker Championship at the Crucible.

O'Sullivan had caused a stir after beating Michael Georgiou in round one, claiming, via SportsJoe: "I’ll be honest with you, I would not let my son play snooker so maybe it is a good thing there isn’t the opportunity for him to play snooker. I’d rather he played golf, football, tennis.

"I’d rather he played curling. Personally, if I had a child [that wanted to play snooker] I would not want him to play snooker, I really wouldn’t. Maybe 20-25 years ago it was a sexy sport but it has kind of fallen behind to other sports."

Higgins responded to his comments by telling Eurosport: "I heard Ronnie, which I thought it was a disgrace what he was saying, that he’d be saying to young kids ‘don’t play snooker’.

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Higgins and O'Sullivan
Ronnie O'Sullivan and John Higgins will meet in the semi-finals on Thursday

“I thought that was dreadful for someone as good as that to sit there and say that. I think it was terrible of Ronnie saying that, he should know better."

After his second round win over Liang Wenbo, O'Sullivan was asked about Higgins' comments and added: "I'm not having any opinions. I gave my opinion yesterday and I wish I hadn't. I'm not saying nothing. I don't want to get involved."

O'Sullivan and Higgins will begin their best of 33 frames semi-final clash on Thursday, with the winner of the match facing either Mark Williams or Judd Trump in the final on Sunday and Monday.

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