Sport Barry Hearn dismisses Ronnie O'Sullivan 'bullying' claims

15:00  17 april  2017
15:00  17 april  2017 Source:   pressassociation.com

World snooker chairman Barry Hearn urges Ronnie O'Sullivan to 'grow up'

  World snooker chairman Barry Hearn urges Ronnie O'Sullivan to 'grow up' 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.

RONNIE O ' SULLIVAN has gone to war with snooker supremo Barry Hearn . And though they have been withdrawn O ’ Sullivan claims he was “ bullied ” and “intimidated” by snooker chiefs and decided to get the lawyers involved.

Ronnie O ' Sullivan blasts snooker supremo Barry Hearn in bullying rant. And though they have been withdrawn, O ’ Sullivan claims he was “ bullied ” and “intimidated” by World Snooker and the WPBSA and decided to get the lawyers involved.

Barry Hearn, pictured, has dismissed Ronnie O'Sullivan's claims of bullying and intimidation as © PA WIRE Dafabet Masters 2017 - Day Eight - Alexandra Palace

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn has denied Ronnie O'Sullivan's claims of bullying and intimidation, insisting comments from the five-times world champion are "unfounded" and "inaccurate".

O'Sullivan turned the tables on Hearn and his board on the second day of the Betfred World Championship in Sheffield, stating he had been left distressed by a letter from disciplinary chiefs after he criticised referee Terry Camilleri and swore at a press photographer during January's Masters.

However, Hearn refuted the claims, saying in a statement: "I personally take any accusation of 'bullying and intimidation' by me or World Snooker very seriously.

I have been bullied by snooker chiefs and I won't take it any more - O'Sullivan

  I have been bullied by snooker chiefs and I won't take it any more - O'Sullivan Ronnie O'Sullivan accused the snooker authorities of bullying and intimidating him in a breathtaking outburst at the Betfred World Championship. The 41-year-old five-time Crucible champion pointed the finger at World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn and his board.And he revealed the extent of his distress at receiving a letter from disciplinary chiefs after he criticised a referee and photographer during January's Masters.Hearn last week criticised O'Sullivan, telling Press Association Sport his recent behaviour in media interviews was "embarrassing", following a series of bizarre exchanges.

Such are the terms of his genius, Ronnie O ' Sullivan 's greatest opponent is often himself. Speaking afterward, O ' Sullivan revealed details of a recent correspondence with Barry Hearn , in which he accused the snooker bosses of bullying .

Barry Hearn claims snooker would not miss Ronnie O ' Sullivan if he announced a snap retirement and stuck to his word. The five-time world champion has repeatedly threatened to quit the sport throughout his long career, but has always had a change of heart.

"Unfounded accusations such as these are damaging to World Snooker's global reputation, as well as my own, and we will take whatever action is required to protect this reputation from such inaccurate comments.

"I hope all parties can move on from this position and concentrate on the brilliant entertainment provided by players at the Betfred World Championship."

O'Sullivan raised the familiar red flag of a retirement threat after defeating Gary Wilson 10-7 in his first-round match in Sheffield.

"I phoned Barry up four weeks ago and I said, 'Look Barry, I'm done with all you and your board of people'," O'Sullivan said.

"And I've got a very good friend of mine who said, 'Just let my lawyers deal with it'. I won't get involved with it because I'm not being bullied, I'm not having people doing that to me ever again.

"I like Barry but I'm not being intimidated or bullied any more.

"I've given 25 years of service to this game and I think I've given enough. Drop me out, I don't need you, you probably don't need me."

He continued: "I've had it for five, six, seven years, and I'm just done with it.

"It's not that important. I could go and do Big Brother, I could go and do I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here, I could have a great life doing other stuff.

"This is something I do for love, but I'm not going to do it and have people trying to intimidate me and bully me."

Barry Hearn says his door is always open to Ronnie O'Sullivan .
Barry Hearn would welcome clear-the-air talks with Ronnie O'Sullivan after the five-time Crucible king bowed out of the Betfred World Championship. The World Snooker chairman was on the receiving end of an O'Sullivan diatribe early in the tournament, with the 41-year-old accusing him of bullying and intimidation.O'Sullivan was distressed to receive a letter from snooker disciplinary authorities after he criticised a referee and swore at a photographer during January's Masters, which he won, and took out his frustrations on the media in a series of bizarre interviews.

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