Ronnie O'Sullivan Rips Into ''Dictator'' Barry Hearn Over ''Stinky Venues'' And More

Ronnie O'Sullivan Rips Into ''Dictator'' Barry Hearn Over ''Stinky Venues'' And More
14:26, 13 Nov 2018

Ronnie O’Sullivan has been airing a few grievances he has with World Snooker in customarily curt fashion.

Last month ‘The Rocket’ attacked the sport’s ruling body last month over the conditions at the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley, the venue for the English Open, claiming it was a “hellhole” which “smelled like urine”.

Not content with throwing those darts at Barry Hearn, head of World Snooker, he’s been at it again on social media criticising the sport-promoting supremo’s regime.

"Dictatorship it's called, disguised under democracy," O'Sullivan said on Twitter. 

"Barry don't care about snooker, it's all about the cash.

"He's full of you know what, ain't got a clue about sport mate, he's a number cruncher. Main job is an accountant."

 Hearn, 70, who took control of the sport back in in 2010, responded in kind.

"How can I listen when he refuses to meet? Easier to just moan!" said Hearn.

"Ronnie has been offered the opportunity to meet with the players forum to put across his views. 

"He has refused to meet. I think that sums up Ronnie very well. I would love to hear specific not vague criticisms in order to consider and answer. Alas - he can't be bothered." 

The five-time World Champion wasn’t having any of that, though, and came back with more of the same.

"Waste of time talking, nothing gets done," he said.

"The new system stinks, and he knows it, but refuses to backtrack.

"No one is interested in discussions, they wanna keep it as it is, and try to gag you, with intimidation of fines etc, so you can't express your views.

“I don't play for money, I play for the enjoyment, and I'm afraid it's no fun playing in stinky venues in front of 3 men and a dog, playing players, who, with respect are never really going places.”

Whatever else you might say about O’Sullivan, he’s certainly not afraid to let his views be known.

His off-baize issues haven’t seemed to distract the effervescent face of the sport from doing the business on it, he’s just wrapped up the Champion of Champions title and made a bright start to Northern Ireland open this afternoon, beating the Iranian Soheil Vahedi 4-0 in the first round.

He also had time to recommend happening breakfast spots to his followers in between digs at Hearn.

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