O’Sullivan ‘proud’ after shattering Northern Ireland Open silence with loud fart

Ronnie O’Sullivan shattered the silence in an empty Milton Keynes arena yesterday by loudly breaking wind.

The Rocket trumped during his Northern Ireland Open third-round match with Wales’ Matthew Stevens.

Reigning and six-time world champion O’Sullivan, 44, was trailing 2-1 in frames and 8-0 in points when he got set to take on a red.

But then came the fart that left him, opponent Stevens and referee Ben Williams unable to stop grinning.

World No.2 O’Sullivan looked up at Stevens and said “Terrible guts” – but then cheekily tried to blame the official by asking “Was that you?”.

Williams had immediately taken a large step to his left after the incident away from O’Sullivan – who went on to win 4-2.

And the referee went bright red as the camera also panned to him having been also placed in the frame.

Afterwards O’Sullivan admitted: “I dropped my guts – I am taking full ownership of that. I have had stomach problems for a couple of months.

“I did say ‘Was that you’ to the referee but I am proud of that one.

“As for the table – it is the heaters and the effect on the cloth. It is like taking clothes to the dry cleaners and they do them on too high a heat.”

The tournament office, home of the referees, also confirmed it was O’Sullivan after the match.

O’Sullivan initially blamed the ref

With the tournament being played behind closed doors the number of possible culprits was always very limited.

Commentator Neal Foulds, unable to stop himself laughing, said: “That was a very unfortunate noise.”

In an incident-packed match O’Sullivan complained to Williams about the state of the table at the end of frame five.

The conditions have come under fire from other players this week including Mark Allen.

And O’Sullivan insisted the balls were “pinging” off the cushions which he blamed on the table heaters being turned up too high.

Earlier in the match in the first frame O’Sullivan played on requiring EIGHT snookers on the fin al blue – something that is usually frowned upon in snooker etiquette.

O’Sullivan went on to win the match 4-2

O’Sullivan was due to face Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in the fourth round late last night.

Meanwhile recent Champion of Champions winner Allen crashed out to Scotland’s Scott Donaldson.

Former Masters winner Allen, 34, lost 4-1 but is still upbeat ahead of next week’s UK Championship – the first major of the campaign.

Allen said: “Despite today I know my game is in good shape and I am not going to get too down on myself because of one poor day at the office.

“I am really looking forward to the UK Championship next week, it is just a shame we are not going to York.

“It doesn’t feel quite as bad today as it does when this event is in its usual proper home in Belfast. Normally there is a lot of pressure on me in the build-up to my home tournament.”

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