Ronnie O'Sullivan, sublime on the table in beating Ali Carter 6-1 in the Saga Insurance Masters at Wembley Arena yesterday, immediately courted more controversy by refusing to attend a mandatory post match press conference.

In the normal course of events, this would result in disciplinary action. However, he is yet to be punished for his shock mid match walkout at last month's Maplin UK Championship in York and, if World Snooker chairman Sir Rodney Walker has his way, will escape any censure.

Walker took O'Sullivan out to lunch last week and is writing a letter to World Snooker's disciplinary committee suggesting they let the errant star off.

What will he do after o'Sullivan's media no show? Take him out to dinner?


Anonymous said...


I know snooker press conferences is not the sports version of Newsnight with Paxman or Question Time, but he has to pay his dues and turn up and answer the questions. (Though, it is a shame, as O'Sullivan is brilliant, as we have said before, for post-match quotes.)

I seem some press have taken Carter's after-match press conference as a dig at O'Sullivan, but I thought he was right with what he said.

I think O'Sullivan is making a bid to become Chairman of World Snooker with Rodney Walker his understudy, in a Bush/Blair way. Otherwise, how can you explain him not being fined.

How long will it take for the WSA to bring this latest case to court?

Thanks, Joe

Dave H said...

It doesn't look like it will even go to a disciplinary hearing.

Put it this way: it won't if Walker has anything to do with it.

Anonymous said...

Let me get this right. Is the role Walker has the same one that a certain Jeffrey Archer acquired a while back?

If so, that explains everything. Also, who are the board members who allow such incompetent people to run a governing body.

Thanks, Joe