Hossein Vafaei and Ronnie O'Sullivan have not had a good relationship since the last championship when a small conflict between them followed. Now a match between the two could follow, and O'Sullivan's new comments directed at Vafaei caused him to become angry.
“The Crucible is going to be my home,” Vafaei said, as quoted by eurosport.com “I have to play like that and show a performance like that to show the people and shut some people’s mouths. And to show them what I can do.
This is just the beginning.
My best has not come out yet. If my ‘A’ game comes out, I am definitely going to do some damage”. Hossein Vafaei answered the question: What does he mean when he says 'that he wants to shut some people’s mouths'? “Ronnie O’Sullivan,” he said.
Vafaei: I was quiet and I was respecting him
Although Vafaei used to have great respect for this famous player, he seems to have changed his mind. “I was quiet and I was respecting him,” he continued. “But I saw so many people sending some interview or something like that.
He is what he is.
He is such a nice person when he is asleep." However, he does not have such a great opinion of O'Sullivan now and is focused on himself and his future progress. “Not any more. I was following him and he is such a legend of the sport.
No one can play snooker better than him. Absolutely he is a genius.
But when you go to the personal, when you are following your hero, you want to be exactly like them. It was affecting me, I was disrespecting my family, my people.
It is better not to say any more....as soon as I changed my hero I became a better person. I learned how to respect people."