“It's still going on behind closed doors” - Deta Hedman tears after sickening racist abuse

Hedman reacts (credit:live-darts.com)

Deta Hedman admits she was left in floods of tears after receiving a racist email following her First Round defeat in the BDO World Championship.

Hedman, a three-time Women's World Championship finalist, suffered more heartbreak at Lakeside as she bowed out in straight sets to Maria O'Brien on Sunday.

The Jamaican-born legend received an abusive message shortly after the match which has now been reported to police - and she has subsequently received huge support on social media from fellow players, fans and celebrities.

Hedman, 59, said: "It immediately came through after I lost on Sunday. I didn’t do a TV interview because I was really quite mad after playing not so well. 

"After a match I have a look at my phone to see my messages, there was an email and it said ‘Go kill yourself you f****** ugly n***** you're a disgrace to darts'. 

"The name it came from looked like from Finland and directly to my email. 

"I read it and said to my other half Paul have a look at this and he was absolutely mad as hell. I just said we'll pass it on to the police. 

"I would not have had the fuss but my other half was incensed and said we need to check with Finland Darts Organisation and see if they can find who it is.

"Paul sent him an email and he has actually replied and said exactly the same again. 

"What got me, but not in a bad way, was reading some of the comments on social media, that made me cry more than what the guy said, he's just an idiot to be honest.

"I was at work, I sat there and the tears were flooding with the nice words from people."

Hedman believes that racism remains very apparent in sport and daily life and says she has received racial abuse on other occasions.

She added: "Racism in sport never went away, it's still there, believe you me. They're never quite as open as they used to be.

"On the odd occasion someone will say something but you don't know who it is, it's still going on behind closed doors.

"One prime example I was in Czech Republic and a person with an English accent, Paul was watching behind, and the person actually went ‘I didn't know they trained monkeys to play darts’.

"I’ve been playing darts now for over 40 years and I think it depends where you live.

"When you play in the World Cup there's South Africa, Jamaica, West Indies and black people. Because it's such a long way to travel to Europe.

"I'm fortunate that England is my country, but it's a long way to come the tour and very expensive for other players to do that from those places. That's why there's not many black people in darts."

Hedman, a two-time World Masters champion and current women's world number two, will be among a star-studded field of hopefuls heading to Qualifying School later this month in an attempt to earn a coveted PDC Tour Card.


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