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Ronnie O’Sullivan in heated exchange with Mark Allen in Champion of Champions defeat

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Ronnie O’Sullivan in heated exchange with Mark Allen in Champion of Champions defeat


Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Allen got a lot more fiery than expected (Picture: REX)

Ronnie O’Sullivan was involved in a remarkable exchange with Mark Allen in the final frame of their Champion of Champions quarter-final clash, which Allen upset the Rocket to win 6-3.

O’Sullivan was behind and struggling, but he was at the table in the ninth frame when he started complaining to his opponent.

It appeared that the world champion was complaining about Allen chalking his cue and standing up in his eyeline when taking his shots,

‘Can you sit still? You’re standing up and walking in my eyeline. You are. Come on,’ O’Sullivan said.

There were ongoing verbals between the two that weren’t picked up clearly on the microphones, but referee Marcel Eckardt had to continuously step in to ask O’Sullivan to get on with the game.

The German referee also clearly said that Allen had done nothing wrong.

‘Okay guys, please. No need for argument, please guys, just leave it,’ said the official.

‘Can we just play snooker? Mark just leave it, thank you. I know you didn’t do anything.

‘Ronnie, can you just play on now? I think Mark will be careful now.

‘Can we just stop that argument and play on? Guys it’s time now, please.’

O’Sullivan went on to miss an easy red after the conversation and Allen stepped in to make a match-winning break of 66 to win 6-3.

It was an uncomfortably long exchange, but Allen insisted he did nothing wrong afterwards, accusing O’Sullivan of trying to bully him.

‘To be honest, it was uncomfortable for Ronnie, I don’t know what he was on about,’ said the Northern Irishman.

‘I’m not going to let it go if he’s going to make up rubbish.

‘He was taking forever over shots in that last frame. Ronnie was completely gone and I just took advantage.

‘Ronnie just tries to bully people out there. I just want to play snooker, that’s what I came here to do.

‘It was the worst thing he could have done, I was never missing after he missed that easy red. Sometimes he needs to be put back in his place.’

Mark Allen was unmoved by the controversy (Picture: Getty Images)

The Rocket initially dismissed the situation as ‘just nothing’ but then claimed that Allen was trying to put him off and he was taking a long time on shots as he waited for the Pistol to keep still.

‘When someone’s continuously in your eyeline, when you’re on your shot and he’s moving, maybe I read too much into it but it seemed like stuff you’d do down the snooker club when you’re an amateur and trying to get into your opponents head and put them off,’ said the Rocket.

‘It is what it is, I thought, “I’ve got to pull you up on it.” I’m not going to let it go, get it out the way and it was done.

‘He deserved his victory, you know.

‘It started around 3-2, just little things. That’s why I was taking my time on shots because I thought “I’m not playing shots until you actually sit down in your chair.”

I could have said something then but I thought he’d get the message and he did because he sat down. But then I was playing the shot and he started ripping his logo off so, I just thought I’d have a word with him.

‘There’s no hard feelings. Mark played better tonight, he played fantastic, deserved his victory. Sometimes you’ve just got to say something and get it out the way.’

Allen made breaks of 78, 102, 104, 74 and a final 66 in the match as he impressively downed the favourite.

He found himself 2-1 and 3-2 behind, but won the final four frames to set up a semi-final clash with Judd Trump in Milton Keynes on Saturday. Neil Robertson and Mark Selby meet in the first semi-final on Friday.


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