Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Snooker Chief Tells O'Sullivan to Grow Up; Snooker

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Snooker Chief Tells O'Sullivan to Grow Up; Snooker

Article excerpt

RONNIE O'Sullivan has been told to "grow up" by World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn as he prepares to head to the Crucible.

The five-time world champion has staged a two-month protest against what he feels is unfair treatment by the sport's authorities.

It has seen him deliberately and repeatedly give one-word answers to questions he has faced after matches, while in an ITV interview at the World Grand Prix in February he was marginally more expansive but gave a series of responses in a robotic voice.

At the Welsh Open in March, the 41-year-old began to sing the Oasis hit Wonderwall when taking questions from a BBC radio reporter.

O'Sullivan has been working for Eurosport this season and explained his stance in a blog for the broadcaster. The 41-year-old was aggrieved at receiving a disciplinary letter following his criticism of referee Terry Camilleri at the Masters in January, and for swearing at a cameraman he felt had not observed the correct etiquette. …

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