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World of Sport

01st Jan 2023

‘Not sure I will ever play in this event again’ – Gerwyn Price and his headphones knocked out of World Darts Championship

Patrick McCarry

Gerwyn Price

‘Christ almighty, what are you doing?’

Gerwyn Price’s colourful campaign at the PDC World Darts Championship is over. He picked a memorable way to go, at least.

The No.1 seed, who earlier in the tournament forced Sky Sports to apologise for some unfortunate and grim gestures during a win over Jose de Souza, took his antics to a strange new level.

The Welshman was already trailing German player Gabriel Clemens at the mid-session interval when he returned to finish out the quarter final wearing noise-cancelling headphones. It was certainly… different.

Reaction to Gerwyn Price and his headphones

Ahead of his victory over Raymond von Barneveld, Gerwyn Price had told reporters that he had been practising with ear plugs so that he could block out unwelcome crowd noise, if needed.

Trailing 3-1 to Clemens, he went all-in and returned to the oche wearing the oversized and noise-cancelling headphones. Needless to say, Twitter does what it so often does best and got some cracking reactions out:

Last eight exit for Gerwyn Price

With the crowd at Alexandra Palace now in a tizzy, and Clemens locked in to what would be the biggest scalp of his career, to date, Gerwyn Price and his headphones could not get it going.

Like Radioactive Man and his goggles, the headphones did nothing.

Clemens went on to close out the game, 5-1 and become the first German to ever make the PDC World Darts Championship semi-finals. As for Price, he had a swift and salty reaction, over on his Instagram account:

‘So frustrating. You play all year round preparing for one tournament. So gutted I wasn’t let play, but good lick everyone left in.

‘Not sure I will ever play in this event again.’

We must hand it to the darts – it always delivers.

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