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Ronnie O’Sullivan fined for ‘lewd and offensive gestures’ at UK and World Championship

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O’Sullivan makes a gesture during his First Round tie with David Gilbert at The Crucible

Ronnie O’Sullivan has been fined £4,000 for making a ‘lewd and offensive gesture’ in both the 2021 UK Championship and 2022 World Championship.

Following a WPBSA Disciplinary Committee hearing on September 16, O’Sullivan was found to have breached WPBSA Conduct Regulations and his players contract by making the gestures in front of the television cameras in York and Sheffield.

O’Sullivan was beaten 6-5 by Kyren Wilson in the Quarter-Finals of last year’s UK Championship at the York Barbican.

The incident at the World Championship in April came in the 13th frame of his First Round match against David Gilbert after missing a black.

The Rocket went on to win the match 10-5 and eventually the title, equalling Stephen Hendry’s record of seven Crucible crowns.

On October 24, he was ordered to pay a fine of £2,000 and to pay the costs of the hearing, fixed at £2,000.

At the hearing, O’Sullivan denied the allegations and has the right to appeal the decisions of the Disciplinary Committee.

The world number one picked up the Hong Kong Masters title earlier this month before suffering a shock 4-3 defeat to David Grace in the Last 64 of the Northern Ireland Open in Belfast last week.

He is next due to appear in the Champion of Champions in Bolton against Robert Milkins on Thursday November 3.

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