Snooker world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has been fined £8,000 after comments he made on social networking site Twitter and to a senior referee.

O'Sullivan, who took the Masters crown on Sunday after a 10-4 win over defending champion Mark Selby, was fined £6,000 for the tweets he made, ordered to pay a further £1,000 in costs as well as another £1,000 for verbally assaulting a referee.

The 38-year-old made the comments in September and October last year, tweeting about match-fixing and whether pills would improve his game.

He denied the claims but governing body World Snooker found that he had breached the governing bodies rules.

They released the following statement: "The WPBSA work hard to maintain what is widely considered to be one of the strongest anti-corruption units of any sport as well has having strong anti-doping policies which involve robust testing schedules.

"The WPBSA Disciplinary Committee considered that the comments that were made undermined these efforts and were damaging to the image of the sport. Such behaviour will not be tolerated."

O'Sullivan was also accused of verbally insulting a referee during the qualification stages of the German Masters back in December.

The governing body described the The Champion's conduct as "abusive, insulting and disrespectful", adding that: "There was no excuse for the actions of Mr O'Sullivan."

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