Darts Player Accuses Opponent Of Farting To Gain A Sporting Advantage
In the world of elite sport, people will try anything to gain an advantage. Whether that is diving in football, ball-tampering in cricket, or tactical farting in the world of darts.
You heard me. Apparently, a darts player tried to gain a sporting advantage over an opponent by dropping his guts around the throwing area and leaving an unpleasant smell behind to put him off.
Put him off his tea, more like.
Let's put this into context. Former PDC World Champion, 'The Flying Scotsman' Gary Anderson was playing against a challenger from The Netherlands, Wesley 'Sparky' Harms.
The 34-year-old Harms said that Anderson left a "fragrant smell" behind him when leaving the oche.
He told Dutch TV channel RTL7L:"It'll take me two nights to lose this smell from my nose."
Looking at the profile of several of the world's top darts players, you'd imagine those boys can really let loose given the chance, can't you?
However - perhaps unsurprisingly - Anderson was a bit put out by the suggestions that he had used chemical weapons to gain an advantage.
After the match, Anderson defended himself in an interview that has to be seen to be believed.
Insisting that the smell came from "the table side" at the Alderley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton, he continued: "If the boy thinks I've farted he's 1010% wrong. I swear on my children's lives that it was not my fault,
"I had a bad stomach once on stage before and admitted it. So, I'm not going to lie about farting on stage.
"Every time I walked past there was a waft of rotten eggs so that's why I was thinking it was him.
"It was bad. It was a stink, then he started to play better, and I thought he must have needed to get some wind out.
"If somebody has done that they need to see a doctor. Seemingly he says it was me, but I would admit it."
Well, he who smelt it dealt it LADs. Let's obey the rules as much as possible here.
You can see Anderson's point. Imagine the smells that might possibly be made when you get several hundred beered-up darts fans in the same room.
It's definitely not out of the question that the smell could have emanated from the crowd. After all, gone are the days when darts players could quaff pints of bitter and eat pork scratchings on stage.
They have to go into the practice area to do that now...
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