Tuesday 17 January 2017

Shoeless O'Sullivan may face fine

Published 22/04/2015 | 02:30

Ronnie O'Sullivan, who suffered a broken ankle at the end of last year, appeared in discomfort due to his footwear at one point and opted to remove his shoes, briefly playing on in his socks
Ronnie O'Sullivan, who suffered a broken ankle at the end of last year, appeared in discomfort due to his footwear at one point and opted to remove his shoes, briefly playing on in his socks

Ronnie O'Sullivan could be set for a fine after playing with no shoes on for some of his 2015 World Snooker Championship opener against qualifier Craig Steadman yesterday.

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In terms of the scoreline, five-time champion O'Sullivan enjoyed a relatively comfortable time of it, emerging from the first session of the encounter with a 7-2 lead over Crucible debutant Steadman.

But the World No 2, who suffered a broken ankle at the end of last year, appeared in discomfort due to his footwear at one point and opted to remove his shoes, briefly playing on in his socks.

O'Sullivan subsequently borrowed a pair of shoes from tournament director Mike Ganley, but it is expected that the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association will look into the matter to consider whether it constitutes a breach of its rules about members' dress code, which could lead to a fine.

Meanwhile, Ding Junhui overcame the embarrassment of missing out on a maximum break after forgetting he was on track for a 147 to book his place in the second round. China's Ding was trailing Mark Davis 5-3 and was at the table on a break of 96 when he inexplicably screwed back for the blue ball instead of playing for the black.

The lapse in concentration left the audience stunned, while Ding covered his head in his hands then proceeded to smile after realising his error.

Ding, however, regained his composure to claim a 10-7 win over Davis.

Irish Independent

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