Ronnie O’Sullivan sailed close to the wind as usual in his world championship confrontation with Craig Steadman after taking his shoes off in their first-round match in Sheffield.
The five-time world champion was on his way to taking a 4-2 lead over his opponent from Bolton when he apparently complained that his shoes were hurting and took them off to continue playing in his socks.
Having been informed of his breach in dress code, O’Sullivan subsequently asked the Crucible crowd if he could borrow a pair of shoes, before putting on a pair from Mike Ganley, the tournament director.
For Steadman, a 32-year-old making his debut in the competition, it must certainly have been an eye-opener for the big time.
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