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