Northern Ireland Open: Ronnie O’Sullivan clarifies comments about Waterfront Hall atmosphere

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Ronnie O’Sullivan has clarified his comments about the atmosphere at the Northern Ireland Open in Belfast and insisted that he would “never criticise any snooker fan”.

The six-time world champion had said the atmosphere inside the Waterfront Hall was “flat”.

But he has explained he was unimpressed by the venue’s set-up, not the fans.

“It’s never got anything to do with the crowd, the Belfast crowd,” O’Sullivan, 45, told Eurosport.

O’Sullivan said he felt “very bored” during his first-round win over Andy Hicks, but after securing his place in the last 16 by beating Alfie Burden 4-1, the world number three felt compelled to expand on his remarks.