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Ronnie O'Sullivan Has Photographer Thrown Out Of UK Championships Over Lack Of Tripod

Ronnie O'Sullivan Has Photographer Thrown Out Of UK Championships Over Lack Of Tripod

Ronnie O'Sullivan seemed unsettled on Friday afternoon as he crashed out of the UK Snooker Championship - and he even had a photographer thrown out of his match with Kyren Wilson.

O'Sullivan also had some complaints about the crowd after the game - which he said he "enjoyed" all the same.

Ronnie O'Sullivan makes no excuses for bizarre behaviour

Ronnie O'Sullivan has never been one to mince his words. Just last week, he laid into Shaun Murphy for his quotes about amateur players, suggesting Murphy should consider getting a new job if he wasn't happy to play against amateurs.

This week, however, it was O'Sullivan who was left covering his tracks after some erratic behaviour at the UK Snooker Championships.

O'Sullivan was knocked out of the championships at the quarter-final stage on Friday after a final-frame decider against Kyren Wilson, but his behaviour towards a photographer drew most headlines. O'Sullivan complained of distractions on multiple occasions during the match - and even staged an in-game sit-down protest - before asking for the photographer to be removed.

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Speaking to Eurosport after the match, O'Sullivan revealed that the movement in the crowd had affected him, and that it was the photographer's lack of a tripod that led to him asking for his removal.

I'm fine with loads of movement...or no movement - but I just can't do both!

I've said to him, unless they have a tripod, then they're not welcome. It's not a lot to ask is it? If you're a cameraman it should be standard stuff that you carry around with you. He should go and learn from the professionals maybe and get his kit right.

O'Sullivan's opponent Kyren Wilson would go on to lose to Luca Brecel in the semi-finals, after O'Sullivan had hailed him as the best player left in the competition.

If there's one thing you can be sure of with Ronnie O'Sullivan, it's that it's not just the snooker that will make the headlines.

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Eoin Harrington

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