But after angrily walking back to his chair, the referee halted the game, asking Trump to wait – and accused O’Sullivan of making a lewd gesture.
O’Sullivan furiously denied the accusation – and demanded “Tell me what you saw?”. He then lost his temper: “You didn’t see anything, don’t start – go look at the camera,” pointing Marteel to the scorer’s video.
Trump had been waiting to play his shot all this time at a key stage in the session. And the unfortunate world No. 4 then rallied, wondering about the way the official had handled the file.
After Marteel told Trump “I had to say something”, Trump replied, “Couldn’t you have done it after the game?”
O’Sullivan, still claiming his innocence, said upon entering his dressing room: “He’s looking for trouble, you get a vibe from the guy.
“They have hundreds of cameras there and he can go and check them all. I’m not going to get any because he’s just trying to create something.”
A statement released by World Snooker Tour after the second incident read: “Ronnie O’Sullivan has received a formal warning from the referee following a move he made in the eighth frame. There will be no further comment on this.”
It effectively meant he was walking a tightrope, with another warning meaning a frame was tied down and another forcing him to forfeit the final.
Although O’Sullivan strenuously denied this latest accusation of making a move, he was referred to the disciplinary committee for a separate incident earlier in the event.
Incredibly, this was O’Sullivan’s second clash with the official with the two-day final still in its early hours.