Shaun Murphy believes player appearance fees are fair

Shaun Murphy

Shaun Murphy thinks Ronnie O'Sullivan is right to ask for bigger appearance fees for snooker tournaments.

O'Sullivan successfully demanded and received £25,000 to appear at the Power Snooker Masters last month.

Murphy, who lives in Sale, told BBC Radio Manchester: "I think that it happens in some other sports.

"If you check out Ronnie's matches, they're always packed and when he says he brings added value to the tournament, I think he's right."

The other players received £3,000 each for appearing in the tournament at Event City in Manchester, but Murphy, speaking at the UK Championship in York following his 6-3 first-round win over Li Yan, thinks some players receiving more than others is nothing new in sport.

The former UK and world champion said: "You could look into golf and see it happening there. I think Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer were the people that started it when they realised that most people were going to watch them."

O'Sullivan, who beat 54-year-old Steve Davis 6-1 in his opening match, plays the winner of Judd Trump versus Dominic Dale, while Murphy will face Martin Gould in the last 16.

The 2005 world champion was happy to progress to the next round despite not playing his best snooker against the Chinese 19-year-old, and is looking forward to spending some time at home.

"It was a good match to start the tournament for me," he added. "I get to go home and spend a few days in my own bed now and I don't play for another few days."

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