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Hossein Vafaei sends balls flying in crazy break-off against Ronnie O'Sullivan

Hossein Vafaei sends balls flying in crazy break-off against Ronnie O'Sullivan

Hossein Vafaei's controversial shot got snooker fans online talking.

Hossein Vafaei's controversial break against Ronnie O'Sullivan in the World Snooker Championship has got fans online talking.

The second frame of their second-round match at the Crucible sent social media wild after Vafaei played a curious break-off against O'Sullivan.

The Iranian, ranked 23 in the world, performed a bizarre break-off as he smashed the balls apart, leaving the crowd shocked.

His decision backfired as the 'Rocket' won the frame by producing another break of 78 to lead 2-0.

Naturally, snooker fans online took aim at Vafaei's break-off, accusing him of losing the mind games.

One Twitter user wrote: "Vafaei has already lost the battle of the mind games after that, what is he doing."

A second tweeted: "Vafaei looks dazed. What was that break all about?"

A third added: "How has Vafaei lost his head already in the second frame?"

A fourth argued: "Good to see Vafaei isn’t rattled by Ronnie."

Another commented: "WTF?! Vafaei with a Ronnie style break off."

Steve Davis and Shaun Murphy also slammed Vafaei's decision to play that crazy break-off.

Davis said: "It’s not nice, it’s not good. It’s not a personal game, snooker - your problem is the table and the balls, not your opponent."

Murphy added: "Without your composure, you lose everything."

Vafaei's break-off comes after O'Sullivan did the same thing during their match at the German Masters in October 2021.

He sent the balls flying in a mad break-off, losing the game.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: Snooker, Ronnie O’Sullivan