Ronnie O’Sullivan launches attack on snooker chief Barry Hearn – claiming all he cares about is money

RONNIE O'SULLIVAN launched a sensational attack on snooker chief Barry Hearn, claiming he is more interested in money than players' welfare.

The Rocket was responding on Twitter to a message from a fan which said Hearn had "dragged" snooker down and was only concerned with his own "bank account."

 Ronnie O’Sullivan has launched an attack on snooker chief Barry Hearn

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Ronnie O’Sullivan has launched an attack on snooker chief Barry Hearn

Five-time world champ O'Sullivan tweeted: "All he's interested in is getting a few quid out the game. Players conditions venues and logistics is a complete joke for all players."

The 42-year-old added Hearn “couldn’t give a damn about players’ conditions”.

Ronnie recently slammed the “hell-hole” conditions for the English Open venue in Crawley, saying it smelt of “urine”.

And on the increased number of snooker tournaments on the calendar, he said: “With my pundit and commentators head on it’s awesome.

“But as a player, it’s never been worse, unless you like going from pillar to post playing in dives, then you might think it’s great.”

One follower suggested a potential tour exclusively for lower-ranked players but O’Sullivan said: “I’m won’t hold my breath on anything good happening in the snooker world.

“I’ll just keep doing my thing on my own terms, life’s better that way. You have to hope forward-thinking people will take over in future, until then it’s buckle up and hate the ride.”

 Barry Hearn has been in charge of World Snooker since 2010

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Barry Hearn has been in charge of World Snooker since 2010
 Despite the attack, Hearn, left, remains a great admirer of O’Sullivan, right

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Despite the attack, Hearn, left, remains a great admirer of O’Sullivan, right

Chairman Hearn, 70, who has been in charge of World Snooker since 2010, replied: “Coming from you Ronnie that’s hilarious!”

Hearn remains a great admirer of O’Sullivan and stressed: “I think he is a phenomenal asset to the sport. A genius on the table.”

Responding to the claim he is only interested in cash, Hearn said: “Ask yourself if I was only interested in lining my own pocket (which is already well lined!) would I have paid out over £30m in prize money more than I promised the players originally?

“Or should I have kept the £30m for myself?”

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RONNIE O'SULLIVAN launched a sensational attack on snooker chief Barry Hearn, claiming he is more interested in money than players' welfare.