RONNIE O’SULLIVAN has supplied to replay his controversial English Open win over Chinese language teenager Luo Honghao after benefiting from an unseen foul.
The five-time world champion final evening beat World No105 Luo 5-Three to succeed in the semi-finals in Crawley.
But in the important thing sixth body – with the defending champion trailing Three-2 – the Rocket by chance caught one other crimson along with his cue as he pulled again the cue and relaxation to keep away from touching the white.
O’Sullivan, who has a fame for shows of honesty throughout matches, didn’t name the foul and it was not seen by the referee.
The 42-year-old was branded a “cheat” on social media however he refuted these accusations on Eurosport.
When informed about it afterwards, he replied: “Oh, s***! I didn’t even see that in one million years. I’m devastated.
“While you use the remainder you don’t really feel it. You’ll with a cue. I’m wanting the place the white goes. I’m not wanting on the relaxation.
“I’d fortunately play one other best-of-nine recreation. If that retains everybody blissful, I’d do it. I’m not a mercenary. I take pleasure in competing. However I wish to win in the correct method.
“There’s nothing you are able to do about social media, allow them to have their opinion. 99 per cent of snooker followers have watched my profession over the previous 26 years and know I’ve owned as much as a foul when it hasn’t even been one.
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“People will say stuff but what can you do? It was a freak thing that no-one noticed.”
Luo claims he didn’t see the foul and refused the chance to replay the game.
He said: “It’s gone now. It’s not important anymore.”
The talented 18-year-old, a 500-1 tournament outsider at the start of the week, only turned pro this year.
But he is quickly developing a name for himself as the ‘Beethoven of the Baize’ given he ditched a promising future playing the piano for the snooker cue.
O’Sullivan said: “This kid will be mental in 2-3 years. He must have a serious brain up there because he’s almost a master on the piano.
“I told him at the end he is special, a great talent and will be a world champion one day.”