Gary Anderson threatens to quit darts due to spoiling tactics of Mensur Suljovic

Gary Anderson has threatened to walk away from darts due to the spoiling tactics of Mensur Suljovic.

The Flying Scotsman, who is a two-time PDC World Champion having lifted the trophy in both 2015 and 2016, was left seething by his Austrian opponent at Alexandra Palace on Monday.

Anderson met Suljovic in the last 32 of the tournament and it was expected to be a exhilarating game with the pair only separated by six places in the current world rankings.

However, that wasn’t to be the case despite the close scoreline, with the Scotsman missing more than 30 darts at a double before blaming his opponent for spoiling the showpiece.

As well as taking his time when throwing in the opening sets, Suljovic is said to have taken the wrong table on the Ally Pally stage which left Anderson fuming.

He told Sky Sports after his 4-3 victory: “What everyone watched was absolutely dire. Absolute joke.

“I play darts, I’ve always wanted to play darts. Everyone says ‘why do you get cheesed off with darts?’ That’s one of the reasons, absolute bull.

“We were told what tables we were on. I ended up on the wrong table for the duration of the game. I’d have thought even Sky would’ve picked up on where I should’ve been for a start and it could’ve been done right away.

“Did you watch the third set? Was he slow? Nah, he wasn’t slow.

“If that’s darts, I’m off-ski. Simple as that. If that’s how darts is going and that’s how it’s being played then have fun, I’m off-ski, I’m going away for a game of golf. I ain’t through that again.

“We were told just before we went onto the stage what table we’re on. Mensur has gone to the wrong table… as usual nothing said.

“I just want to play darts. Did you enjoy the darts? I never.

“I’m sure there’s about 90 per cent of folk watching at home, they probably turned over and watched Corrie or something. I would’ve.

“If you get spanked the boy’s been better than you, shake his hand and on you go. But come on, that’s a load of tripe.”

He then added when asked if he had spoken to Suljovic: “What can you say? You see it in black and white.

“I’ve seen it in black and white and I feel sorry for the folk who watched it…”

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