A disciplinary hearing into Ronnie O'Sullivan's mid-match walkout at last December's Maplin UK Championship will finally be held this month. World Snooker have declined to reveal the date but I understand it is May 31.

Sir Rodney Walker, the World Snooker chairman, has pledged to make the result of the hearing public.

O'Sullivan could be in line for a heavy fine or the docking of ranking points, but Walker has written to Jim McMahon, the chairman of the disciplinary committee, pleading leniency on O'Sullivan's behalf.

O'Sullivan was trailing Stephen Hendry 4-1 in their quarter-final when he conceded the match.


Anonymous said...


It will be half-a-year since the incident when the WSA finally come to a conclusion.

And why shouldn't the details be revealed.

I do like the way that when there is a major incident in snooker, they always have the hearing and result - convieniently - in the summer - when hardly any of the media will pick up on it.

Any news on Stephen Lee's action for missing the China Open?

Thanks, Joe

Dave H said...

No word yet on Lee - we might find out in a year or two

andy said...

I love to watch Ronnie play and generally I think he's good for the game. But no player is bigger than the game itself and Ding nearly followed Ronnie's example at the Masters.

The WSA need to show the snooker world that this cannot happen. And yes, it should be made public. The public partially fund the sport/players one way or another.

Dave, please keep us informed through your blog! Thanks!


Anonymous said...


Is my information correct that Stephen Lee has finally been awarded the first-round seeded losers' points for China Open?



Dave H said...

He has been, yes