VIDEO: Ronnie O'Sullivan confronts photographer at NI Open in Belfast

Snooker legend, Ronnie O'Sullivan, confronted a photographer at the Northern Ireland Open in Belfast on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 22nd November 2017, 12:09 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 4:24 am
Snooker legend Ronnie O'Sullivan requested the photographer be asked to leave the venue.

The incident occurred during O'Sullivan's 4-2 first round victory over German, Lukas Kleckers.

It was during the fifth frame that O'Sullivan approached referee Leo O'Sullivan to ask that he remove a photographer who, O'Sullivan claimed, was in breach of the rules.

World Snooker states that photographers covering any of their tournaments must use a tripod at all times.

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Speaking to Eurosport after the incident O'Sullivan he didn't want to complain but that "the rules are the rules".

"As soon you see someone moving especially if it is a photographer you aren't sure if they are going to move," said O'Sullivan.

"The rules are the rules that they have to have a tripod."

He continued: "I don't want to complain again about a photographer or a referee. As long as they do their job in the proper way, I'll have nothing to complain about.

"Then I won't have to get letters from World Snooker. That's how it is: you have a tripod and there is no issue."