Following his European Matchplay defeat against local favourite Gabriel Clemens, Daryl Gurney criticised the behaviour of darts supporters in Germany.
After missing a match dart to win the second round match in Trier, the Northern Irishman lost 6-5 to Clemens. The game was played in a partisan environment, with Gurney being booed and whistled as he prepared to throw.
Gurney was definitely displeased with his treatment and looked to gesture towards the spectators as he embraced Clemens at the end of the game.
Gurney, nicknamed, SuperChin then took to Twitter, initially posting: “Lots of boos and whistles again … not the best [German flag emoji]. He then added: “I understand to support your own but boo and whistle when we are throwing is disgusting, maybe @KimHuybrechts was right last week.”
Gurney was responding to Huybrechts’ remarks after the World Cup of Darts, which was also hosted in Germany. Following his elimination at the hands of eventual victors Australia, Belgian chastised fans and the PDC for having so many tournaments in Germany.
He tweeted: “well done team aussie.. they were better! Especially in the doubles… a personal note, stop doing tournaments in germany…….. they don’t deserve a major…”
He added: “Not only crowds, but just some more different tournaments in europe! belgium, holland, sweden, denmark, germany, austria, poland, gibraltar, spain, france, finland… that’s pdc europe….”
Gurney also had a run-in with supporters during the World Cup, when some Germans went too far in their support for underdogs Gibraltar. When asked about the crowd’s behaviour after Northern Ireland won that match, Gurney confessed he was finding it difficult to swear.
The third round quarter-finals, semi-finals, and final of the Matchplay end today. Gurney was one of ten seeds to be knocked out on Saturday, along with Gerwyn Price, Jonny Clayton, and Joe Cullen.
Taylor set to renew rivalry with Painter
The second semi-final is set in a blockbuster line-up at the World Seniors Darts Matchplay, which also has Martin Adams taking on Robert Thornton in Hull, where rivalries will be revived as Phil Taylor takes on Kevin Painter.
After a career in which Taylor dominated ‘The Artist,’ it is the latter who has been in better form in WSDT action, including obtaining some vengeance during their World Championship clash.
He won’t be the favourite going into his tie with Painter, as the previous major winner averaged 92.18 in defeating the talented Colin McGarry, who has been one of the stars of this weekend’s action.
But we’ll wait and see to what actually happens!