Gurney admits his “regret” and issues apology to Price over Premier League incident

Gurney and Price come to blows on the stage at the Sheffield Arena (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Daryl Gurney admits he “overreacted” following his 7-7 draw with Gerywn Price in the Premier League in Sheffield on Thursday and has since met with the Welshman to clear the air.

Price missed one dart at a double to seal a vital win before Gurney snatched a share of the spoils, but tempers flared at the end of the contest.

Gurney appeared to gesture and point aggressively towards Price before the pair came to blows at the oche, forcing referee George Noble to intervene before security staff then entered the playing area to keep the two players apart.

The pair have since exchanged messages on social media and met in person ahead of the ongoing European Grand Prix in Sindelfingen, and though Gurney has apologised for his actions, he admits he withheld his anger during the game.

"I regret my reaction at the end of the game but there was so much stuff going on in the game," Gurney told Live Darts. "I'm not going to get into it but I could write a book.

"In all honesty, I maybe look like the bad person in that game and I shouldn't have reacted the way I did.

"It was unprofessional of myself.

"I'm still the same person I was when I joined the PDC and my manager said to me: "You're number three in the world and you've got to start thinking like that and stop reacting to stuff like that.

"I overreacted and I've apologised to Gerwyn."

Though Gurney has refused to divulge the exact sequence of events which led to the post-match confrontation, the Northern Irishman admits his experience of gamesmanship from various opponents helped him to remain focused on the match itself.

He added: "I held my cool for 14 legs and I should have waited until I got off the stage and then had a word with him.

"I can't hold my tongue so I like to let them know how I feel there and then.

"It didn't really come out of nowhere, I think it's come down to experience now because whenever it started happening my face would have went red and you would've told that there's something going on, but with experience I was able to control it and keep myself in the game.

"I've listened to Gerwyn's interview, I don't want to see him get banned, that's not a plan.

"He thinks that I should have won the game and he was the far better player so he probably should have.

"I did well to get a draw but it's just experience now, I held my cool and bided my time and came away with an important point to try and get me towards The O2.

"That game on Thursday was the biggest game of this year for me, I've got pumped 7-0 by James Wade and 7-1 by Rob Cross and haven't reacted in that way.

"There's no smoke without fire, I just didn't bring it up out of nowhere.

"There's a few things that go on in games, should it be Euro Tour, ProTour or stage, it's just one of those things now."

It is unclear as of yet as to whether either player will be subject to disciplinary action from the Darts Regulation Authority.



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Gurney admits his “regret” and issues apology to Price over Premier League incident

Daryl Gurney admits he “overreacted” following his 7-7 draw with Gerywn Price in the Premier League in Sheffield on Thursday and has since met with the Welshman to clear the air.

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