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I will not let World Snooker bully me, says O'Sullivan

By Phil Jones

Fuming Ronnie O'Sullivan last night went on the offensive and slammed World Snooker.

The five-time world champion is angry at a disciplinary letter sent to him and he has insisted he will not be "bullied" by the governing body.

After beating Gary Wilson 10-7 in the first round of the World Championship, O'Sullivan said: "I phoned [chairman] Barry Hearn four weeks ago and told him I am done with you and your board. I don't think I've done a lot wrong.

"A friend told me to let the lawyers deal with it. I won't get involved anymore because I am not being bullied."

Since victory at the Masters in January, O'Sullivan has only replied to questions by the media with one or two-word answers, and has also sung an Oasis song in reply. On another occasion, he responded as a 'robot' in protest at his perceived mistreatment by World Snooker.

That grievance seemingly dates to an incident during his seventh Masters triumph when he publicly criticised a referee and swore at a photographer.

O'Sullivan was sent a letter by World Snooker about his behaviour after the Masters row and he added: "It's important I keep focused, stay professional and stay out of trouble."

Meanwhile, Antrim's Mark Allen was at his battling best to recover from 3-1 and 4-2 down to lead 5-4 at the end of the first session of his first-round match against qualifier Jimmy Robertson.

Elsewhere, last year's semi-finalist Marco Fu trails Luca Brecel 7-2 after a stunning opening session from the Belgian.

  • Watch the Snooker World Championship Live on Eurosport and Eurosport Player, with Colin Murray and analysis from Jimmy White and Neal Foulds.

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