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Ronnie O'Sullivan and Ali Carter face off for first time since 'Snotgate' row

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ALI CARTER will resume his rivalry with Snotgate nemesis Ronnie O’Sullivan on Wednesday.

The Captain knocked out Barry Hawkins 10-8 in the first round of the Tour Championship in Manchester.

Ali Carter will face rival Ronnie O'Sullivan today (Wednesday) at the Tour Championship

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Ali Carter will face rival Ronnie O’Sullivan today (Wednesday) at the Tour ChampionshipCredit: Alamy
Carter lasted faced O’Sullivan in January and accused him of 'snotting all over the floor'

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Carter lasted faced O’Sullivan in January and accused him of ‘snotting all over the floor’Credit: Getty

Yet he had to hold his nerve in the evening session, despite being 7-1 and then 9-5 up, as The Hawk mounted a spirited and late fightback.

The victory now pits him against the Rocket over two sessions on Wednesday, with the quarter-final clash played to a conclusion in the evening.

Essex boys O’Sullivan and Carter have not met across a snooker table since the infamous Masters final on January 14.

The world No.1 won that clash 10-7 at Ally Pally but afterwards he was accused by the Colchester cueist of “snotting all over the floor”.

Carter alleged the seven-time world champion violently cleared his nose while sitting in his chair in the final frames of the North London finale.

And the 44-year-old called it “disgusting” and “outrageous behaviour from a top professional”.

In response, the sport’s greatest player launched a furious tirade, saying the world No.9 “needs to sort his f***ing life out”.

O’Sullivan, 48, added: “He’s always going to find something. He’s got beef with me. He’s got issues.

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“He’s got to sort his life out. He’s got to see a counsellor or something.”

There is no love lost between the two – needle that goes back several years – and it promises to be Box Office viewing in the last eight of the penultimate event on the snooker calendar.

Carter said: “I’m delighted to get over the line. It got a bit sticky. It’s not won until you get to ten.

“My head was over the place but I have controlled my temperament this season. Coming through that game is a feather in my cap.

“I relish the challenge of facing Ronnie. He’s the best player ever to pick up a cue.

“Playing him in another quarter-final. I have played him in a final this year. I’m in the right place, it’s a great practice match for the World Championship.

“Coming here, all I wanted to do was get as many best-of-19 frames in the bank. What better match than to play Ronnie, the greatest player of all time?

“I am under absolutely no pressure. Only the pressure I put on myself to perform. I have put the work in, my preparation has been good, we will see what happens.”

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