Gary Anderson’s manager Tommy Gilmour says he will contest any action taken against his player in the wake of Sunday’s…
Gary Anderson celebrates alongside his manager Tommy Gilmour after winning the 2015 world title (credit:John Walton/PA Archive/PA Images)
Gary Anderson’s manager Tommy Gilmour says he will contest any action taken against his player in the wake of Sunday’s controversial Grand Slam of Darts final.
Anderson went down 16-13 to Gerwyn Price in a bad-tempered affair which included verbals and jostling between the players on stage in Wolverhampton.
Price clearly ramped up his celebrations which aggravated Anderson throughout the fiesty encounter and the PDC have revealed that both players could yet be subject to a charge by the Darts Regulation Authority.
But Gilmour has hit back, saying: “If there’s any charge against Gary for whatever reason, we will fight it. He is completely innocent of any wrong-doing.
“There’s talk that he entered the exclusion zone on the oche. That’s not true at all. There is no definition in the rulebook anyway of when the exclusion zone starts or finishes.
“The fact is that Price was celebrating in an intimidating manner while walking back up the oche towards his opponent.
“No other player celebrates in that way. They always shout or raise their fist while on the way to collecting their darts out of the board or to the side of the stage walking back to their table.
“Yet Price walked directly back up the oche towards Gary and celebrating shouting and screaming right in his face. Now that is intimidation and that’s not tolerated in any sport, let alone darts.”
Perhaps even more alarming for the PDC is that insiders have revealed that Simon Whitlock also complained about Price’s conduct after his Quarter-Final defeat to the passionate Welshman.
There are also suggestions that over 100 fans voiced their annoyance to the governing body after the final.
Gilmour added: “The basic fact is that gamesmanship has to be stamped out completely right now. It’s been creeping in to darts for sometime now.”