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Quotes of the week: Silly little boys

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Snooker loopy - The war of words between Northern Irish player Mark Allen and World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn has escalated further...

Allen said: "The players don't really matter (to Hearn), so **** the players. When Barry came in, one of the first things he said was that the World Championship, UK and Masters wouldn't be touched. Only 18 months later, the UK format has changed."

Hearn retorted: "(I am) far too busy to worry about silly little boys making silly little comments. It is a shame (his comments) have overshadowed a first-class tournament.

"People say silly things, we all say silly things, but I am happy to let the disciplinary committee deal with it. I'm also disappointed by the personal attack Mark has made with his comments that are slanderous and will be taking separate legal advice on the matter."

Allen again: "Last time I checked all the players had freedom of speech and that was my opinion at the end of the day," said Allen. If he wants to get offended with it that is his problem.

"If he wants to take legal action that is no problem, I will fight it all the way. It is a little bit childish. I thought Barry was a bit longer in the tooth than that for that sort of carry on."

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Ronnie O'Sullivan and Ali Carter both talk about

Ronnie O'Sullivan: "I think for my own peace of mind, my own life, there is life beyond snooker. I still want to work and I'm sure I'll find stuff to do but I want to share my life with someone.

"I don't want to be living on my own, I don't want to travel around the world on my own feeling anxious, carrying these emotions. To be the real Ronnie, I need to get away from what's causing the problem."

Ali Carter: "Going to retire at the end of the season! And I can't wait! I'm dead serious, life is too short to do something you don't enjoy, 25 years is enough! Pastures new...."

Michael Schumacher accused of cheating? Whatever next...

Former Benetton team-mate Jos Verstappen: "I know what happened when we were together at Benetton. People think I'm looking for excuses, but I know that his car was different from mine. I always thought it was impossible. I braked at the limit and took the corners as hard as possible, so how could Schumacher do it?

"There was something wrong. There were electronic driver aids. It was never mentioned, but I'm convinced about it and, when I later asked Flavio Briatore, he replied 'Let's not talk about it'.

"So I know enough now. Like everyone else, Michael is also dependent on his car," he added. "For most people he was a god, but he is no superman - in a go-kart he never beat me."

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Kenny 'I can't talk about Luis Suarez' Dalglish goes on to repeatedly talk about Suarez, then criticise the FA...

"I find it a bit strange the FA are supposed to be setting an example for things yet they appeal against Wayne Rooney's three-match ban."

The ever bashful Roy Keane has a pop at Manchester United's young players before Sir Alex Ferguson hits back...

"I don't know why you are bringing this up from a television critic. Roy had an opportunity to prove himself as a manager and it's a hard job."

It's fair to say Rio Ferdinand is not delighted to be in the Europa League...

"We're in the Europa League now and I've always said that whatever competition we're in we don't enter it to come second or to get knocked out in the early stages."

Nor Patrice Evra...

"It is embarrassing to be in the Europa League. Some players dream of playing for United in any competition and you have to respect that, but the way I feel now, it is Champions League or nothing."

Donald pulls no punches in saying Rory McIlroy is more talented than Tiger Woods...

"TW has always been the best at getting the ball in the hole when it mattered the most. That's not just talent, that's something else too.... (I'd) never try to disrespect Tiger in any way. He is still the greatest player I have played with."

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Radcliffe slams the decision to throw more money at the London 2012 Olympic ceremonies...

"I think it is a a little bit frivolous to throw a lot at it given the fact we are in a recession. The money could be thrown at other areas such as grass-roots sports."

And finally, GB sprinter James Ellington explains why he auctioned himself on eBay for cash...

"I know what I've done without the help and that's quite a lot so with the help I think next year I could be a real strong force for Team GB. If I don't get it I'll just trudge on, obviously it'll be a struggle but I've got to keep going, with 2012 next year I've got no option to quit I've got to keep it going all the way."

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