Darren Webster has suffered a suspected broken nose after being headbutted by a football hooligan when leaving a Players Championship event in Barnsley on Saturday afternoon.
‘The Demolition Man’ had been competing in Players Championship Seven earlier in the day- where he reached the last 32 stage. He registered victories over Andrew Gilding and Ryan Harrington before losing out 6-5 to Max Hopp in round-three, when he began to walk back to his hotel after being eliminated.
Nevertheless, the world number 17 was then confronted by a number of football fans, who had been attending the Championship clash between Yorkshire rivals Barnsley and Sheffield United at Oakwell. He was assaulted by one of the thugs and left with a bloodied nose, and nearby police immediately rushed to his aid.
Webster described the incident on social media, tweeting: “Last 32 today, then walk down the road and about eight guys say are you a Sheffield supporter? I said no mate I’m a dart player and he then headbutted me lol. Think he’s broken my nose blood everywhere and then they ran off because I didn’t bat an eyelid; bet it will be sore tomorrow.”
Speaking to the Sun Sport on Saturday evening, the 49-year-old added: “There was blood everywhere and the police came straight over. There was obviously a big police presence because the football ground was nearby. They must have been Barnsley fans.
“The police are now saying they are looking at CCTV football to try and find this bloke for an unprovoked attack. He was about mid-40s and bald. He couldn’t have been that tall because I’m only a little bloke.
However, the World Championship quarter-finalist insisted he will still compete in Sunday’s Players Championship event, stating: “My nose is bust, no doubt. I reckon I will wake up tomorrow with a couple of black eyes because of a mindless thug. I’m going to play on Sunday, I’m not going to let some idiot stop me.”
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