Despite rising through the ranks together as youngsters, there has been bad blood between O’Sullivan and Carter stretching back a number of years and their bitter feud boiled over when they met in the Masters final earlier this month.
As O’Sullivan clinched a record eighth title at Alexandra Palace, Carter bizarrely accused his rival of ‘snotting all over the floor’ and the Rocket fired back with an explosive attack of his own – in which he called the Captain ‘a f***ing nightmare’.
‘He needs to sort his f***ing life out,’ O’Sullivan said during his explosive outburst.
‘I’m not going to skirt around it anymore, tip-toeing on egg shells around someone like that. He’s a f***ing nightmare.
‘He’s got issues. F***ing why has he got issues with me? I’m not having it. I don’t care, grow some balls. I don’t give a f*** about any of these snooker players, any of them.’
After labelling some of O’Sullivan’s supporters ‘morons’, Carter claimed he ‘felt sorry’ for the mercurial 48-year-old, the man widely regarded as the greatest snooker player in the history of the sport.
Asked if he was angered by O’Sullivan’s X-rated comments, Carter replied: ‘Angry about what? No. It makes no difference to me what he says.
‘He says different things on different days. I don’t think even he knows what’s going to come out of his mouth on certain days.
‘I actually feel a bit sorry for him. I don’t think he’s that well, mentally. So we move forward and we go again this week.’
O’Sullivan and Carter’s foulmouthed feud had appeared to have simmered, but the Rocket’s girlfriend Laila Rouass reignited the beef again during an Instagram Live on Thursday – referring to comments the Captain had made some years ago.
‘Ali Carter said about four years ago, five years ago, that Ronnie doesn’t have another World Championship win [in him],’ she said.
‘And what did he go and do? He went and won. That didn’t age well did it, Ali Carter? Now hush your mouth and be a good boy.
‘Concentrate on your snooker and nobody else’s.’
Addressing the feud earlier this month, seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry said he felt the spat could be down to the duo being ‘mentally exhausted’ by the gruelling snooker schedule.
‘It is between the two of them and obviously there is bad blood there, there’s no doubt about it, and it’s gone back quite a long way. Obviously they’ve known each other a long time,’ Hendry said on the Snooker Club podcast.
How is it going to impact on them for the rest of the season as far as the snooker is concerned? I don’t think it’ll affect Ronnie at all, these sort of things just sort of brush off Ronnie.
‘But Carter has got to be careful that this sort of thing doesn’t impact him, especially playing straight away this week in the Grand Prix, that it doesn’t affect his game.’
Hendry added: ‘People don’t realise that winning these big events… it might not look like it with Ronnie, the way he treats it so easily, but it does take it out of you mentally.
‘But both players will have been mentally exhausted after that week and sometimes you get asked questions in the press conference straight after and you’re still raging after losing and you react differently than you might have done had you waited half an hour to do the press conference.
‘So things are still obviously pretty raw for both players but they’ve got to start again this week and the next time they play each other it’s going to be spicy, there’s no doubt about it.’
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