Snooker star Ronnie O'Sullivan stages sit-down protest and gets photographer booted out

December 4, 2021
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Snooker star Ronnie O'Sullivan staged a sit-down protest as he attempted to get a photographer booted out of his UK Championships quarter-final.

O'Sullivan crashed out of the tournament as he was beaten 6-5 by Kyren Wilson on Friday, with Wilson going into the last four for the first time in his career.

During the match, O'Sullivan repeatedly refused to take his shot as well as sitting down and complaining of distractions on multiple occasions in the match.

He was also furious at a cameraman inside the arena who did not have a tripod and called for him to be ejected during the seventh frame.

Ronnie O'Sullivan
Ronnie O'Sullivan was beaten by Kyren Wilson

Speaking after the match, O'Sullivan told Eurosport: “I've said that unless they have a tripod they are not welcome.

“It's not a lot to ask, if you are a cameraman it should be standard stuff to be carrying about so maybe he should go to the professional and get his kit right.”

The six-time world champion also claimed that referee Jan Verhaas was distracted too by the considerable amount of fan movement in the crowd.

“I'd rather just sit down and wait," added O'Sullivan.

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Ronnie O'Sullivan
Ronnie O'Sullivan complained of multiple distractions

"I said to the referee, we're in no rush. I'm here to play snooker and there's no time limit on how long the match takes.

“It doesn't bother me. I play in good venues and bad venues, it is what it is. I don't even care enough to have an opinion on it. It is what it is – just keep eating the smoked salmon and cream cheese.”

Wilson's reward for beating O'Sullivan is a semi-final meeting with Belgium's Luca Brecel on Saturday.

Discussing his win after the match, Wilson said: “I'm super-proud. At 5-3 things were starting to go a little bit against me and it's only human to start to think your time has gone.

Ronnie O'Sullivan
Ronnie O'Sullivan refused to take his shot multiple times

“I'm kind of fighting myself and starting to think I could have won this one, I've let another one slip against him, because I have let a couple slip against Ronnie, so to hold it together and take it out convincingly, there's no better feeling.”

He also admitted that he understood why O'Sullivan had become annoyed during the match, adding: “I just wanted to get on with it.

"I understand his reasoning for that. But when the crowd were up on my turn I just got on with it and I did a pretty good job.”

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