O’Sullivan punished for making lewd gestures at two tournaments

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Ronnie O’Sullivan has been fined after landing himself in trouble for obscene gestures made in two major tournaments. The reigning and seven-time world champion has been sanctioned for separate incidents at this year’s World Championship in Sheffield and at the 2021 UK Championship in York. 

O’Sullivan was caught making a lewd gesture in his 10-5 first round World Championship victory over Dave Gilbert at the Crucible in April. The incident appeared to take place when the Rocket missed a routine black in the 13th frame of the match.

A spokesperson from the World Snooker Tour said at the time: “We are aware of the incident and it has been referred to the WPBSA disciplinary committee.”

And Crucible King O’Sullivan was also punished for another televised incident in his showdown against Kyren Wilson at the Barbican in York. Both allegations were contested by O’Sullivan as his case was heard at the WPBSA disciplinary committee before an independent tribunal. 

But he has now been found to have breached the governing body’s conduct regulations as well as his players contract. O’Sullivan will now have to pay £4,000 in total – made up of a £2,000 fine and an additional £2,000 in costs of the hearing. He has the right to appeal the decision made at the disciplinary committee.  

The punishment comes after O’Sullivan’s recent shock Northern Ireland Open exit to David Grace. Despite his status as world No.1 and world champion, the Rocket claimed after his defeat in Belfast that snooker isn’t worth the hassle and he doesn’t ‘really care’ about his performances on the table anymore.

“The job ain’t worth the stress and the hassle. Sometimes a loss is a blessing in disguise, it just allows me to do other stuff,” he told the BBC.

“I quit mentally about eight years ago and I just take what I can from the sport. It’s a good platform for me, allows me to do other stuff and gives me a lot of freedom.

​​”As far as winning goes or cementing my name in the game there isn’t enough good stuff in the game to get excited about. One day I’ll wake up and get excited and play a good tournament, but if I don’t I don’t really care anymore.”

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