Mervyn King dismisses “wrong” criticism from Michael van Gerwen

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 17 Feb 2019
Norfolk veteran King reacts (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Mervyn King has hit back at Michael van Gerwen’s vocal criticism of him following their Players Championship clash, insisting the Dutchman is "wrong" and "will be told".

Van Gerwen blasted King as “a disgrace” after their Semi-Final encounter in Wigan on Saturday, accusing the 52-year-old of a lack of effort.

The world number one defeated King 7-3 with a 91 average in a bizarre contest before going on to secure the title with victory over Ian White in the final.

Following his 8-5 win in the final, MVG hit out at King's apparent lack of effort, commenting: "Mervyn wasn't even trying.

"It was a disgrace for darts, things like that shouldn't happen in darts.

"I always give 100 per cent, no one can ever judge me on that.

"Things like that shouldn't happen, if they want to beat me, they have to push me."

King has since taken to social media to defend his actions, posting a statement on the Live Darts Facebook page in which he explains he adjusted his grip on the dart and his pace of throw in accordance with what he believed to be differing conditions on the streaming board.

King posted: 'I am going to tell you all this just once and not not going to comment any more on this! 

'I found the throw on the streaming boards long as I always do and I hold the dart lower on the barrel to try and gain a little more from it on a throw like that, I also have to throw quicker and more fluent on a long throw or I snatch and they go all over the place that’s how I have to throw on a long throw! 

'I throw exactly the same when I won the Players Championship in Barnsley last year even quicker actually! 

'Didn’t hear complaints then but I hit 105 average in the final to win it. 

'MVG can say what he likes but he is wrong and he will be told by myself in the morning. Just because he is world champ and world number one he does not know everything about everyone so he needs to know what’s happening before opening his mouth! Thank you!'

Both Van Gerwen and King will return to action in Players Championship Four on Sunday.


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