Snooker ace O' Sullivan dismisses Islam conversion

LONDON: Former world snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has dismissed reports he has ditched Roman Catholicism to become a Muslim. 

O'Sullivan, nicknamed 'The Rocket' for the speed in which he can clear a snooker table, said his visit to a mosque had been misinterpreted.  

“There has been some confusion recently. I am not a Muslim,” he said yesterday. 

“However, I am privileged with the friendship of Muslims who have been there for me and I value as true friends.”  

O'Sullivan said he was interested in Islam, but also in Buddhism and Christianity. “Perhaps I've been naive and given people the wrong impression, and if I have I'm sorry,” he said.  

O'Sullivan is a friend of boxer Prince Naseem Hamed, a devout Muslim.  

The controversial star, whose father is serving a life term for murder, has suffered from depression and drug abuse.  

He apologised for any misunderstanding caused by his mosque visit. –       AFP 

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