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11 reasons why Ronnie O'Sullivan is one of the world's most eccentric sportspeople
The snooker legend is truly one of a kind.

YOU’LL PROBABLY HAVE heard about Ronnie O’Sullivan’s controversial hand gesture at the Crucible yesterday by now.

It is not the first time, the player has got himself in hot water, as these other 11 examples illustrate…

1. Laughing at Peter Ebdon

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Frustrated at his opponent’s slow play, O’Sullivan made no attempt to hide his delight when Ebdon missed a straightforward shot in one of their encounters.

2. His concession against Stephen Hendry

Despite only being 4-1 down, O’Sullivan unexpectedly conceded his match against the Scot in the 2006 UK Championship.

3. Going shoeless at this year’s World Championship

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O’Sullivan’s shoes were causing him bother earlier in the competition, so he came up with the most logical solution.

4. Telling the referee to get his eyes tested

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O’Sullivan is no stranger to the occasional quip when he’s not happy.

5. He’s not afraid to flirt with reporters

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O’Sullivan can’t resist complimenting this “charming” young journalist.

6. This week wasn’t the first time he was warned for a controversial gesture

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He also came under fire in his semi-final against Judd Trump at the 2013 World Championships.

7. Playing matches left handed

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O’Sullivan was accused of disrespecting his opponent, but can still perform pretty well with his left hand.

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8. Trolling Alain Robidoux

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They refused to shake hands during a 1996 match, and there was no love lost between the pair as a result.

9. He often likes to play the game at a rapid pace

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Sometimes he just wants to go home.

10. He won’t accept mediocre standards

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He made his unhappy feelings known at last year’s UK Championships.

11. He has a love-hate relationship with the sport of snooker

Asked about playing in the sport, he once said…


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