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Ronnie O'Sullivan to refuse in-depth interviews after reprimand

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Ronnie O'Sullivan has said he will no longer give in-depth interviews, after receiving "another disciplinary letter" from snooker's governing body.

World Snooker reprimanded the 41-year-old for criticising semifinal referee Terry Camilleri and a press photographer en route to winning his seventh Masters title last month at Alexandra Palace.

Writing in his Eurosport blog, O'Sullivan said: "I will no longer be talking in depth in press conferences or interviews because when I share my thoughts, I risk being fined.

"If I get fined for [not giving full answers], then I will no longer be prepared to perform all the contractual obligations we are asked to do for World Snooker."

Of the incidents at the Masters, O'Sullivan added: "I felt the referee, Terry Camilleri, was not up to scratch during my semifinal match with Marco Fu at one of our sport's major events. And neither was a photographer, who was snapping pictures while I was on the shot.

"I was going for a very important pot at the start of the 10th frame. I had to ask him at least three times to stop moving while he was in my eyeline. In the end, I had to change the pot I was going for because he wasn't listening. Is that fair?"

O'Sullivan's blog was posted after he gave a bizarre interview to ITV following his win over 16-year-old Yan Bingtao, of China, at the World Grand Prix in Preston.

O'Sullivan gave short answers and concluded the interview by speaking in a robotic voice.

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