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Five sports star refusals after Ronnie O’Sullivan’s 147 self sabotage

| 17.02.2016

Lee Gormley | February 16, 2016

Sports stars that protested during play

The career of five-time Crucible king Ronnie O’Sullivan is always throwing up controversial moments, whether ‘the Rocket’ is overcoming another long-standing snooker record or playing a World Championship frame with no shoes on.

Moments of genius or contention are never far from proceedings when O’Sullivan is involved, and his latest in a long list of bizarre outings came during his eventual victory over Barry Pinches at the Welsh Open.

‘The Rocket’ was on a roll on the baize, surging towards his 14th competitive maximum break but, after discovering the prize for a 147 was 10k and a 2k bonus for the highest clearance, O’Sullivan opted for the pink rather than continuing on all blacks.

Speaking afterwards, he stated: “If it had been more, I’d have gone for the 147. I knew it was £10k. I could have done it, but I didn’t think the prize was worthy of a 147. So I’ve tried to let it build up until it’s worthy and then go for it.

“It’s like going into a Mercedes garage and when they say that you can have the car for £3k, you reply, ‘No way, that’s too cheap. I’m not buying it for that’,” added ‘the Rocket’ who is 2/1 with Coral for a 2016 World Championship victory.

In light of the five-time world champion’s latest controversy, Coral writers have looked back at five other high-profile refusals made by sports stars, so sit back and enjoy..

Adrian Lewis

During a PDC World Championship quarter-final encounter in 2006 between Peter Manley and Adrian Lewis, the latter stormed off the oche after claiming his opponent had showed a true lack of sportsmanship.

‘The Jackpot’ had cockily threw a blind 180 before Manley reacted verbally, leading Lewis to exit the stage and refusing to play for some time. He later came back to the oche after much delay in what was actually his first ever tournament at the coveted event.

Sarita Devi

During the 17th Asian Games in 2014, Indian boxer Sarita Devi caused quite a stir during the awards ceremony when she refused to have the Bronze medal placed around her neck, in protest to the decision of coming in third place.

The female fighter believed she was given an unfair decision following her bout and got extremely emotional during events, as her conqueror controversially received the silver medal.

Alex Bogomolov Jr

Now retired Russian-American tennis player Alex Bogomolov Jr was the centre of a storm on court in 2013, abruptly calling time on his match with Bradley Klahn in the third set after becoming infuriated by a call.

Bogomolov left the ball after hearing a call of out from the crowd and, after the umpire the deemed the shot in, he walked to his chair, packed his gear and stormed off court, subsequently retiring from the match.

Darren Campbell

Darren Campbell refused to join his teammates for a lap of honour after the 4×100 metres roster secured Britain’s only Gold Medal at the European Athletics Championships in the Ullevi Stadium back in 2006, as a protest against drug-cheat Dwain Chambers.

The Briton had not wanted Chambers included in the set-up following his two-year ban for taking the anabolic steroid THG, which had previously led to his country being stripped of a Gold Medal.

Tensions threatened to boil over on the podium, with Campbell stating afterwards: “There’s your Gold. If that’s what the sport is about, there’s the Gold.

“Celebrate, celebrate. I’ve made my situation clear. I just can’t take the rubbish any more. I’m not a hypocrite. How can I do a lap of honour?”


Carlos Tevez

Former Manchester City and Juventus frontman Carlos Tevez was a player never far from the headlines, and his high-profile bust-up with previous Sky Blues boss Roberto Mancini was as controversial as they come.

In a Champions League clash against Bayern Munich, with half an hour left to play, the Argentine caused uproar by refusing to come off the bench after not getting a starting position. Mancini later declared Tevez would never play for him again but, of course, he did.


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Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.