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Ronnie O’Sullivan tells Shaun Murphy to ‘go and get a job’ because he’s ‘in bits’


Ronnie O’Sullivan is not very sympathetic to Shaun Murphy’s cause (Picture: Getty Images)

Ronnie O’Sullivan has advised Shaun Murphy to go and get a job outside of snooker and treat the sport as a hobby, so as not to get wound up by things like having to play amateurs.

Murphy has hit the headlines this week after his first round exit at the UK Championship to Chinese teenagers Si Jiahui, which led to something of an outburst from the Magician against playing amteurs.

‘I feel extremely hard done by that I have lost to someone who shouldn’t even be in the building,’ Murphy told BBC Radio 5 Live.

‘I don’t know why we as a sport allow amateurs to compete in professional tournaments. This is our livelihood. This is our living. We are self-employed individuals and not contracted sportsmen. We don’t play for a team.

‘The other 127 runners and riders in the tournament, it is their livelihood too. It is wrong, in my opinion, to walk into somebody who is not playing with the same pressures and concerns I am.

‘He played like a man who does not have a care in the world, because he does not have a care in the world. It is not fair, it is not right.

‘I am not picking on him as a young man, he deserved his victory. Amateurs should not be allowed in professional tournaments, the end.’

Shaun Murphy was unhappy after his 6-5 defeat to the 19-year-old (Picture: Getty Images)

While the likes of Neil Robertson and Mark Williams have backed Murphy over his complaints, O’Sullivan is less sympathetic.

The Rocket says he is no longer concerned with the politics of the sport because he has outside interests and has recommended that Murphy follow a similar path, so he won’t find himself ‘in bits’.

‘I hope it gets worse, honestly. I hope it gets worse for them,’ said O’Sullivan after his first round win over another amateur, Michael White. ‘They better start looking for a job if they don’t like it.

‘I drew a line under it a long time ago. I can change what I do, that’s what I’m saying to Murphy, go and get a job, do something else, play snooker for fun because you’re going to have loads more of that.

‘Get your head around it, you’ve got choices to make. Five or six years ago I made a real conscious effort to play for fun and just enjoy it, I went and got a job and play this for a hobby.

‘It’s alright playing it as a hobby, if I had to play it as me living, I’d be like Shaun Murphy. In bits.

‘You’ll never hear me talk like that because it’s a hobby, but when it means something to you then it can hurt.’

O’Sullivan understands not wanting to lose to someone you are expected to beat, which anyone could, but says it is just part of the game and there is no point in complaining.

‘I don’t care. I’ll play amateurs, women, referees, anyone, I don’t care,’ he said. ‘I feel like the amateur playing now, you have to get in that mindset because it’s better that way.

‘I remember being an amateur playing a pro, Willie Thorne playing a 14-year-old me, it was embarrassing for him to lose to me, so I know what it feels like to be a favourite and to lose but that’s just how it is.

‘Just got to get on with it, enjoy it, keep smiling, it’s all good.’


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