Ali Carter has hit out at ‘morons’ in the Alexandra Palace crowd following his 10-7 defeat to Ronnie O’Sullivan in Sunday’s Masters final.
Carter surged into a 6-3 lead after the opening frame of the evening session but was pinned by O’Sullivan who reeled off three frames on the spin to level the game at 6-6.
The Rocket, who won the UK Championship last month, took control from there, winning four further frames in a row to become the oldest winner in the tournament’s history.
The referee had been forced to step in on a number of occasions and remind the crowd not to shout when players are over the ball, which Carter acknowledged had been difficult.
‘When you play Ronnie you have to play the crowd, you have to accept it. I did my best but it just wasn’t good enough,’ he said straight after his defeat.
However, the 44-year-old has now gone further, harshly criticising the behaviour of some spectators whom he believed crossed the line.
‘It’s hard enough to beat him [O’Sullivan],’ Carter began. ‘But when you’ve got people shouting when you are on your shot and saying stupid things at important times because half of them haven’t got enough brains, it’s ridiculous.
‘There are some morons in the crowd. It is just unbelievable really.’
O’Sullivan, meanwhile, is left now only needing the World Championship to complete a famous single-season sweep of the Triple Crown titles for the first time in his career.
The 48-year-old, who revealed after his win that he will take a two-month break from competition after the World Grand Prix, says there is still work to be done if he is to really fancy his chances at the Crucible.
‘I always have a good idea around February, March whether my game’s in good enough shape to win the Worlds,’ he told Eurosport. ‘At the moment I’d probably say it’s not good enough to feel confident of winning it.
‘I could still win it. But I’d like to go there with a bit of confidence. Longer sessions you have to learn to cruise and win most of your games in second gear, but at the moment I’m having to squeeze everything out just to get a result. Which is hard, but I’m a competitor so I’ll keep fighting.’