Ronnie O’Sullivan calls for female referees and umpires to stick to women’s sports after Serena Williams row


RONNIE O’SULLIVAN reckons women referees and umpires should stick to women’s sport.

Thursday January 01, 1970

Superstar Serena Williams claimed sexism is rife in tennis following a row with male umpire Carlos Ramos during last week’s US Open final.

Thursday January 01, 1970

Serena Williams was caught in a tennis storm in the U.S. Open final after claiming umpire Carlos Ramos was a ‘thief’
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Ronnie believes female umpires could be better off sticking to female sports as they understand each other
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While ‘The Rocket’ had no complaints about Chinese ref Peggy Li after his Shanghai Masters semi-final victory yesterday, the five-time world champ said: “Female referees are very good but maybe females should referee female matches because they understand how a woman thinks.”

Li is one of ten women referees on snooker’s World Tour.

Ronnie had no problem with a female official during his win over Kyren Wilson, but considered a different approach after seeing Serena in action
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Ronnie O'Sullivan did not have any problems with his referee in Shanghai
Ronnie O’Sullivan did not have any problems with his referee in Shanghai
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But O’Sullivan, 42, who beat Kyren Wilson 10-6, added: “Maybe men should just referee men’s matches because they know how men think.

Thursday January 01, 1970

“This was what I was thinking when Serena Williams was playing.

“Men and women are different. They think differently. And men don’t really understand women.

“If a woman was refereeing another woman then she can go: ‘Oh, I can understand maybe how she is feeling’.”