In response to comments made today by Ding Junhui and Ronnie O’Sullivan we feel compelled to make the following observations.
We are disappointed and surprised by Ding’s statement that we made “excessive” demands of him. The facts of the case are that Ding presented himself to play in his first round match with a logo which conflicted with the title sponsor of the event.
All players sign and agree to conform to the rules and regulations laid out in the players contract. These regulations make it clear that all logos should be approved by WSL and that no approval will be given if a players logo conflicts with any WSL Partner (in this case the title sponsor).
This is done to protect our commercial partners rights and forms part of our contractual commitments to them, to do otherwise would put us in breach of those agreements. Ultimately the WPBSA and WSL enter into such agreements to safeguard the future of the game for all professional players.
To date we have not received a letter from Ding’s lawyers.
Contrary to Mr O’Sullivan’s comments we believe that we dealt with the matter entirely professionally and in accordance with the players contract, to say otherwise is simply wrong and misinformed.