Pink Ball wrote: SnookerFan wrote: mantorok wrote:
SnookerFan wrote:I refer you to the Masters final of 2007.
Wasn't there racial insults being thrown?
There were certainly insults Ding's way. At the time it was reported that some of it was racial.
During The Masters this year, I had one of Ding's matches on Eurosport. Foulds suggested some of the negativity towards Ding was from his own fans. Some of the Chinese in were shouting that he should be winning, and that he was a disgrace to China. Now I wasn't there, so I don't know what proportion of it was Ronnie fans booing Ding, and how many of it was Chinese fans getting the boot in. So, now I know this, I'm more reluctant to suggest it was just "Ronnie fans" being racist.
The point I was trying to make though, you could see Ding's confidence being rocked just by that one match. Ronnie was just too good for him on the day, and the fans were all on top of him. Poor lad was only a teenager, in a country where he was only just learning the language. His confidence was dead for a good couple of seasons after that.
Whatever the case, it was a disgrace the way he was treated that night. It had a detrimental effect on his career for sure, and is a big reason why I've always rooted for him.
The Masters crowd is bucking shocking.
They seemed to get praised for being "passionate" and whatever, but really they're just drunken, Ronnie-fan louts who have no respect for the game. The amount of shouting mid-frame and such is ridiculous. It's literally the only thing I don't like about the tournament.