Gary Anderson has acknowledged problems in the past, but insists he cannot be blamed at this time. (PDC)
A match at the Grand Slam of Darts has come down to something of a joke when two rival players accuse each other of breaking the wind to get rid of the others in the round of 16 in Wolverhampton, England.
- Darts players Gary Anderson and Wesley Harms both complained of foul smell during their last 16 matches in the Grand Slam of Darts tournament in Wolverhampton, although they were not willing to take responsibility
- In the Grand Slam of Darts, Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) players face competition from the rivalry of the British Darts Organization (BDO)
- PDC Chair Barry Hearn said the controversy was "unique"
Two-time PDC world champion Gary Anderson, 47, won the match on Friday 10-2 to advance to the quarter-finals, but his Dutch opponent Wesley Harms, 34, accused the Scotsman of leaving "fragrant" on stage during the match.
"I need two nights to get rid of this smell from my nose," Harms said in a post-match interview with Dutch television station RTL7L.
However, world number four Anderson insisted that he had nothing to do with smell, first showing that his opponent was to blame, then showing that the smell came from the crowd.
"I thought Wesley farted on the stage. Really?" Anderson said when asked by RTL7L reporters in his post-match interview.
When the interviewer answers negatively, Anderson gives a pretty clear explanation of why he can't be the culprit. (WARNING – He uses several very colorful languages during his denial.)
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After the smell became clear, Harms improved, causing Anderson to believe that the Dutch were the culprit.
"It's bad. It smells. Then he starts playing better and I think he definitely needs to blow out the wind."
"Hands up, I swear to the lives of my children, to help me God, no one crosses, [it wasn’t me].
"Usually if I fart on the stage, myself, and you know that because I told you in a documentary," Anderson added.
"If I fart and smell like that, I will raise my hand and go & sorry, I have to go. # 39;"
After violently denying any involvement in producing odors, Anderson began to shower on others on stage, including experienced caller Russ Bray, although he categorically denied being involved when questioned by the BBC.
"You have three other boys there," Anderson said, referring to his opponents, goal scorer and match referee, who all shared the stage during the match.
"Every time I walk past [the table there] is a bunch of rotten eggs, so that's why I think that's him [Harms]. "
& # 39; unique & # 39;
PDC chairman Barry Hearn told the BBC that the controversy was "unique" in his experience of professional arrows.
"This is the first time I've heard of a very controversial incident – almost contagious," he said.
"Something doesn't smell right. There's nothing worse than silent farting. It can walk and run."
"I think people are wondering whether blowing might be an advanced game," Hearn said before adding that the Darts Regulatory Authority has the power to fine or suspend players guilty of play or lack of professionalism.
Hearn has helped change the sport since taking over the competition PDC, which was formed in 1992 by a group of prominent players who separated from BD.
The move creates something from the sports giant, attracting a best-selling crowd in arenas around the world and has become the most watched sport on the British pay television network, Sky Sports, behind football.
The PDC boss reminded fans that despite the jocular nature of the incident, arrows were a serious business.
"On a slightly more serious note, this is a top-level competition involving highly skilled sportsmen – so we don't intend to rename the program & # 39; Grand Slam of Fart & # 39; as some people suggest," Hearn added.
"This is an elite player and we feel it is inappropriate."