Sport Barry Hearn wants the focus on the snooker as Ronnie O'Sullivan row rumbles on

06:45  18 april  2017
06:45  18 april  2017 Source:

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.

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn says Ronnie O ' Sullivan sent him a text after he controversially turned down a 147 at the Welsh Open. Read more on O ' Sullivan sent me text after 147 row - Hearn .

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn denied claims of "bullying" and "intimidation" from Ronnie O ' Sullivan , saying the five-times world champion had made "unfounded" and "It's important that I keep focused , keep professional, keep myself out of trouble and just try to come and do a job," he said.

Ronnie O'Sullivan, right, and World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn, left, have clashed during the Betfred World Championship: Barry Hearn and Ronnie O'Sullivan File Photo © PA WIRE Barry Hearn and Ronnie O'Sullivan File Photo

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn wants the action at the Betfred World Championship to do the talking as his feud with Ronnie O'Sullivan rumbles on.

O'Sullivan caused a stir after his first-round victory over Gary Wilson on Sunday when he accused Hearn and the World Snooker board of bullying and intimidation after a number of recent incidents.

Hearn sternly refuted the claims and hopes to come to a resolution with the 41-year-old, who remains one of the biggest attractions in the game.

Hearn said in a statement on Monday afternoon: "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.

I feel I owe it to the real snooker fans to continue. I don’t want to bail out early when I still feel I have something to offer to the public who enjoy the game. Ronnie O ’ Sullivan : Barry Hearn says interviews break no rules.

Ronnie O ' Sullivan has said that he only came back to snooker for the money as he was short of cash. I would like Ronnie to stay in the game, of course I would, but if he wants to quit then he should go and go with our blessing. Snooker chief Barry Hearn .

"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."

World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association chairman Jason Ferguson also said he was open to resolving the dispute by speaking to O'Sullivan.

He told the BBC: "In terms of bullying and intimidation - we don't accept that at all. I'm more than happy to sit down with Ronnie and discuss the issues."

On the baize, Marco Fu produced a remarkable comeback to reach the second round after defeating Luca Brecel in a final-frame 10-9 win.

The Hong Kong cueman was trailing 7-2 after the first session but soon hauled it back and clinched the decider.

Stuart Bingham became the fifth player to reach the second round with a 10-5 defeat of another former world champion - Peter Ebdon.

The 2005 world champion Shaun Murphy made hard work of his clash with 17-year-old qualifier Yan Bingtao before eventually coming away with a 10-8 victory.

Mark Allen secured his passage into the second round with a 10-8 success over English qualifier Jimmy Robertson while Ding Junhui took control of his all-Chinese affair against Zhou Yuelong, building a 7-2 lead in the earlier session.

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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