‘You try it then!’ - Ronnie O’Sullivan tells referee to take shot amid amazing scenes in Judd Trump final
"You try it then!" an exasperated Ronnie O'Sullivan eventually said to the referee after being repeatedly told to take a shot following a re-spotted white that he felt was not correct. O'Sullivan had an extended argument with the referee over the positioning of the white ball in what was already a dramatic opening to his World Championship final against Judd Trump at the Crucible.
‘You try it then’ - Watch remarkable moment O’Sullivan tells referee to take shot amid row
After missing and fouling, O'Sullivan was absolutely adamant that he should have been able to see the red ball at the opposite end of the table when the white was placed back, but the referee was not remotely happy with his ongoing requests to move the white further to his left.
The crowd laughed at times and Trump was frequently called over to share his thoughts too as the situation became more and more farcical with real drama on the biggest stage the sport has in the famous old theatre.
The Rocket was left hugely frustrated with the referee and even, comically, at one point asked him if he wanted to have a go himself with the cue ball not in the position he felt it should have been.
After the referee said, "you can still flick the red on the left-hand side", an exasperated O'Sullivan replied: "You try it then!"
Eventually, O'Sullivan ceased refusing to play the shot until he was happy. Indeed, he was able to make contact with the red and bring the white safely back to the baulk cushion.
Trump was sporting as he sided with O'Sullivan's repeated requests to have the white ball moved into a more favourable position - where he felt it should have been re-spotted from the very beginning.