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O'Sullivan 'bullying' accusations 'unfounded'
World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn says accusations directed at him by Ronnie O'Sullivan are "unfounded" and being taken "very seriously".
The five-time world champion, 41, reacted to a disciplinary letter he received in January by claiming the body used "threatening" language, and adding he would not be "bullied".
He was speaking after beating Gary Wilson 10-7 at the World Championship.
O'Sullivan will play Shaun Murphy or teenager Yan Bingtao in round two.
In an emotional post-match interview on Monday, he told BBC Radio 5 live: "I phoned Barry Hearn four weeks ago and told him I am done with you and your board.
"I don't think I've done a lot wrong.
"A friend told me to let the lawyers deal with it. I won't get involved anymore because I am not being bullied."
In a statement published on Tuesday, Hearn said that, as the chairman of the commercial arm of the sport, he does not have any involvement in disciplinary issues.
He added: "The WPBSA World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association is the governing body and represents the professional players on the World Snooker Tour.
"The WPBSA is exclusively responsible for all disciplinary matters pertaining to snooker, its players and their responsibilities outlined in the players' contract. Neither World Snooker nor myself have any involvement whatsoever in disciplinary matters."
More to follow.
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