Snooker's governing body today handed world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan a suspended fine and issued him with a warning after finding him guilty of failing to attend eight tournaments in 2010.

O'Sullivan, arguably the sport's greatest ever talent, was charged with not having a reasonable excuse for withdrawing from 11 events between August 2010 and March 2012.

The 36-year-old presented medical advice at a hearing with the World Professional Snooker and Billiards Association.

It was declared in a subsequent statement that it "could not be shown that he did not have a reasonable excuse in relation to his late withdrawal from one event in 2011 and two in 2012.

"He was however found not to have a reasonable excuse in relation to the eight late withdrawals in 2010."

As a result he was found to be in breach of the sport's rule 1.3, which declares a member must play in a tournament in which he has entered, and was given a suspended fine of £1,000 and a formal warning and told to pay £1,000 costs.

World Snooker have long tried to get O'Sullivan, a four-time champion of the world, to comply with their regulations, and it was only last month that he agreed to return to the main Tour and sign a player's contract.