Ronnie O'Sullivan's schedule decision is backed by Barry Hearn

Chairman of World Snooker, Barry Hearn, tells BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast he supports Ronnie O'Sullivan's decision to spend more time away from the game.

O'Sullivan held off a determined fightback from Champion Ding Junghi to win by six frames to four in the first round of the Masters.

But as the 2012 schedule was announced, O'Sullivan said: "I'm not prepared to travel 28 weeks a year living out of a suitcase."

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