Neil Robertson acquired APOLOGY from snooker star earlier than Ronnie O’Sullivan closing

NEIL ROBERTSON received an apology from Mark Allen before having to face Ronnie O’Sullivan in the Players Championship final on Sunday.

Neil Robertson suffered a 10-4 defeat to Ronnie O’Sullivan in yesterday’s showpiece as ‘The Rocket’ notched up his 1000th century break in the final frame.

The Australian was far from his best as O’Sullivan rattled through the frames and led 9-4 going into the final session.

But Robertson may have had an easier ride in the final had be been playing Allen.

Robertson beat Judd Trump 6-4 in his semi-final while Allen suffered a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of O’Sullivan.

After exiting the tournament, Allen tweeted: “Even though last night didn’t go anywhere near the way I wanted it to, I feel like I’ve turned a corner this week.

“Lots of positives to take.

“Good luck to @ronnieo147 and @nr in today’s final.

“I’m sure it’ll be great for the neutral.”

Allen later went back to his own tweet before Robertson and O’Sullivan took to the table to apologise, saying: “Whoops. Sorry @nr147”.

After the match, Robertson took to Twitter to reply to Allen.

He said: “Hahahaha. Yeh you could have landed a few to soften him up a bit”.

To which Allen replied, admitting defeat: “I tried mate, believe me.”

Robertson showed his class after the match by thanking the fans and praising five-time world champion O’Sullivan.

“Incredible atmosphere in the end during the 1000th century,” he said.

“Obviously gutted to lose but I have no problems holding my hands up today.

“Thanks for all the support during the week and a pleasure being a part of a special moment of our great game at the end. Well done @ronnieo147.”

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