Ronnie O’Sullivan faces fine after making lewd gesture at World Snooker Championship

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Ronnie O’Sullivan faces fine after making lewd gesture at World Snooker Championship

Ronnie O’Sullivan faces a potential fine after being referred to the WPBSA disciplinary committee for appearing to make a lewd gesture at the World Championship, writes Ben Parsons.

The Rocket defeated David Gilbert 10-5 in his first-round match at the Crucible to equal Stephen Hendry’s record of 70 wins at the Sheffield showpiece.

But the world number one is in hot water after an incident in frame 13 against Gilbert.

O’Sullivan missed a regulation black off the spot and was caught on television cameras appearing to make a rude gesture as he walked back to his seat.

Snooker pro Matthew Selt posted a clip of the incident on social media with the sarcastic caption: ‘What an ambassador’.

The 46-year-old faces a possible fine after a review from a disciplinary committee.

“We are aware of the incident and it has been referred to the WPBSA disciplinary committee,” a spokesperson for the World Snooker Tour said.

In 2008, O’Sullivan was fined £2,750 and docked 700 ranking points for making inappropriate comments at a press conference in the China Open.

Five years later at the World Championship, O’Sullivan was warned by referee Michaela Tabb for a perceived offensive gesture in a match against Judd Trump.

O’Sullivan won 10 out of 12 frames after falling behind 3-0 to power past Gilbert in the first round on Sunday.

The six-time champion takes on Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen in the last 16 after the Antrim potter overcame Scott Donaldson 10-6 on Monday evening.

O’Sullivan was in a relaxed mood as began his bid to equal Scottish legend Hendry’s record of seven Crucible crowns.

"I am out there playing, enjoying it and just trying to compete," he said after beating Gilbert.

“It is like Gladiator. Russell Crowe has a hole in his arm and knows he is going to die but you just have to find a way. That is what winners and gladiators do.

“I drew on all my experience and skills, everything I’ve learned.”

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