Ronnie O’Sullivan has clarified his feedback in regards to the environment on the Northern Eire Open in Belfast and insisted that he would “by no means criticise any snooker fan”.
However he has defined he was unimpressed by the venue’s set-up, not the followers.
“It is by no means acquired something to do with the gang, the Belfast crowd,” O’Sullivan, 45, instructed Eurosport.
O’Sullivan stated he felt “very bored” throughout his first-round win over Andy Hicks, however after securing his place within the final 16 by beating Alfie Burden 4-1, the world quantity three felt compelled to broaden on his remarks.
“The set-up on the market means you may’t get a very good environment as a result of there may be no-one sitting down the facet, so you’re feeling such as you’re taking part in to an empty auditorium.
“After I stated it was a flat environment, it is since you really feel such as you’re not taking part in to anybody, you may’t see a crowd.
“The way in which it was put throughout, it regarded like I used to be saying it was the followers, however it’s lower than the followers – it is the auditorium, it wasn’t arrange proper and that is no fault of the followers.”
‘Snooker followers like household to me’
O’Sullivan, who’s hoping to win his first Northern Eire Open title after dropping the previous three finals to Judd Trump, added: “They have three tables so it is such as you’re taking part in to a scoreboard. When you’ve gotten followers down the facet, they gee you up and maintain you going, and it does create a special environment.
“I might similar to to place that straight as a result of each snooker fan, they’re like household to me so I would not criticise any snooker fan.
“It was by no means a slight on the crowd, it was extra that I feel the set-up does not enable it to be a very good environment, so it is tough taking part in below these circumstances – that is what I used to be attempting to say.”
O’Sullivan arrange a last-16 encounter with China’s Yan Bingtao after seeing off fellow Englishman Burden in convincing trend.
4-time world champion John Higgins will face three-time winner Mark Williams for a spot within the quarter-finals after they beat Luca Brecel and Jak Jones respectively, with Williams having battled gout in his left foot to beat Elliot Slessor on Monday.
World quantity 5 Kyren Wilson is out, nevertheless, after dropping his second-round match to fellow Englishman Mitchell Mann.
Mark Selby and three-time defending champion Judd Trump, ranked first and second on the earth, are in motion towards Gary Wilson and Lu Ning on Wednesday night.