Ronnie O’Sullivan booked his place in the last four with an emphatic 6-1 win over Martin O’Donnell in the quarter-finals.
The Rocket is now two just wins away from defending his crown and claiming a record seventh UK title.
However, the 43-year-old engaged in another row with World Snooker chief Barry Hearn this week over the way the tour is run.
But Hearn has told O’Sullivan his public outbursts have got to stop after the star announced the idea of a breakaway circuit.
“It is damaging to the game,” Hearn said.
“When you’re talking to major broadcasters around the world, for them to read about ‘breakaway’ – it’s a word that tips you away from the sport because it’s controversy.
“So that is damaging and that must stop. The rules are very specific that it can’t take place and I’ll be talking to Ronnie about that.”
Hearn added: “I want to put an arm around Ronnie rather than hit him on the head with a rock because he needs to understand the way we work and we need to understand he may have some points that are worthy of consideration.”
Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Tom Ford live updates
UK Championship semi-final
RONNIE O’SULLIVAN 0-0 TOM FORD
Best of 11 frames
Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Tom Ford – how to watch
Live coverage of the match will be shown on BBC One and Eurosport.
Fans will be able to stream the action for free via the BBC iPlayer app or on the Eurosport Player – if you’re an existing customer.
Live streaming is also available on selected UK betting sites at no cost.