O'Sullivan threatens to pull out of World Championship over Crucible crowd

Ronnie O’Sullivan has threatened to pull out of the 2020 World Snooker Championship if any size crowd is allowed at the Crucible, which there now seems set to be.

The Government announced on Friday that the World Championship will be one of four test events as they look to ease live audiences back into sport in the UK.

Details of just how many fans will be allowed into the Sheffield arena are yet to be announced, but the Rocket had already stated that any sort of crowd would make him question his involvement.

‘If they start bringing in crowds in, even if it is only a couple of hundred, I wouldn’t feel good about that,’ O’Sullivan said, via the Sun.

‘And I think to the point where it would even affect my willingness to participate.

‘I don’t think there should be any crowds in an indoor area until at least 2021 and, to me, it seems insane that we are even talking about it.

‘I just think it is obvious that is something we have to do in certain situations, to protect other people and lessen the risk.’

Whether O’Sullivan will go through with this suggestion or not is yet to be seen, but at the time of writing he is due to start his bid for a sixth world title on Sunday 2 August in Sheffield.

The World Snooker Championship has been named as four test events for the reintroduction of crowds, along with Glorious Goodwood horse racing festival and two County Championship cricket matches.

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