Gary Anderson was left furious following a controversial seven-set clash against Mensur Suljovic at the World Darts Championship, as he threatened to walk away from the sport despite advancing to the last 16 at Alexandra Palace.
Anderson was riled throughout by Suljovic’s laboured approach, although ‘The Flying Scotsman’ rallied from 3-2 down to prevail in a deciding set – reeling off the last six legs without reply to secure his progression.
The two-time world champion squandered 33 darts at double in an erratic display, but he also produced moments of quality – converting four ton-plus checkouts, including a stunning 156 combination.
However, speaking to Sky Sports’ Michael Bridge after his dramatic victory, Anderson was less than impressed with the antics of his Austrian opponent.
“Absolutely dire, absolute joke of a game. Everyone says why do you get cheesed off with darts? That’s one of the reasons. Absolute bull,” Anderson fumed.
“Did you watch the last set? Or the third set? Was he slow then? No, he was not slow. I nicked it at the end, I don’t know how but if that’s darts I’m offski.
“If that’s how darts is going and that’s how it gets played now, have fun. I’m off. I’m away for a game of golf or something. I’m not going through that again,” he added.
Anderson also admitted he ‘lost the plot’ after Suljovic went to the wrong table at the start of the match, adding: “For a start, we were told what tables we were on and I ended up on the wrong table for the duration of the game.
“Mensur went to the wrong table. I had to bite the bullet and get on with it as usual. You’re walking past the table you should be at, but you’ve got to cut across because the boy’s standing there.
“The next minute you go across he’s not there. What have you to do? My head was gone after the first set. I’d lost the plot.”
Anderson hit the headlines during last month’s Grand Slam of Darts, by lamenting the rise of gamesmanship within the sport, and he was again left seething at the apparent ‘dark arts’ from one of his darting rivals.
“I just want to play darts. I’m sure there are 90 per cent of folk watching at home, they probably turned over and watched Corrie or something – I would have.
“I just want to throw darts and if you get spanked, the boy has been better than you and beaten you. Shake his hand and on you go. But that’s a load of tripe.”
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