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Ronnie O'Sullivan: I wasn't "controversial" at World Championship

Five-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan hits back at suggestions that he was "controversial" at this year's World Championship.

Ronnie O'Sullivan has admitted that he was surprised to have been labelled as "controversial" for incidents that took place at the World Championship.

The five-time winner hit the headlines for playing in his socks, as well as being handed a warning for using a piece of chalk to line up a shot, but the former world number one believes that he didn't deserve such attention during the tournament.

In his blog for, the 39-year-old said: "I had needed new shoes for ages. I bought these shoes thinking they were good for snooker, but they weren't. They were tough and pinching my toes. They were so uncomfortable - I had to get them off immediately.

"I can't believe the uproar there was over the chalk. It's not as if I was messing about moving balls.

"It shows you the referee didn't know the rules so how was I supposed to know it was illegal? I was surprised to hear the media saying I was controversial during the World Championship."

O'Sullivan bowed out at the quarter-final stage to eventual winner Stuart Bingham.

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Ronnie O'Sullivan plays a shot against Joe Perry during their second round match in The Dafabet World Snooker Championship at Crucible Theatre on April 26, 2014
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