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John Higgins: Lawyers would laugh at World Snooker players' contract

Higgins walks backstage at The Crucible (credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

John Higgins believes snooker's top stars should join forces to challenge sections of the players' contract which he feels are unjust.

The four-time World Champion has jumped to the defence of Ronnie O'Sullivan - who accused the World Snooker board of "bullying" and "intimidation" during a passionate outburst in his First Round press conference at The Crucible.

Higgins says he sympathises with 'The Rocket' and believes more players should stand up to the authorities if they feel they are being harshly treated.

"Ronnie doesn’t normally come in here and be that passionate about something," said Higgins. "If what I’m led to believe is true about how he was reprimanded then it’s out of order and I think he’s got a case.
 
"I have a degree of sympathy for him – he has to take on his shoulders because he’s the biggest name in the game, but it’s between them now.

"There are a few things in these players’ contracts that lawyers would start laughing at, but we sign them at the start of the year.
 
"What we could do with is getting the top 16 or 32 players together and say, for example: ‘we don’t want points five, six and seven’.
 
"But you’re never going to have all the players stand together because some think it’s OK and don’t want to rock the boat.
 
“Why should we be rocking the boat? It’s a great product we’ve got just now and Barry’s doing great things, but some of the points are a little over-the-top."
 
Higgins, who defeated Martin Gould 10-6 in his First Round match in Sheffield on Tuesday, is situated in the opposite half of the draw to O'Sullivan, meaning the pair can not meet until the final.

The Wishaw ace admits the sport would suffer if O'Sullivan decided to call time on his career as a result of his off-table disputes.
 
"When you get older, you realise what a big name he is and what he brings to the table. The game would be far poorer without him," he added.

"I'm glad that I’ve grew up playing in the same era with him and against him, and hope we can do it for another few years."




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