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Price left ‘questioning retirement’ following European Championship final defeat

Jamie Shaw in European Championship 04 Dec 2019
Price was forced to settle for the runner-up spot in Gottingen (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
Gerwyn Price revealed he was ‘questioning retirement’ last night following the bad order he received from the crowd during the European Championship final.
Price was beaten 11-6 by Rob Cross in the final in Gottingen on Sunday evening and was again a target of the boo boys throughout the weekend at the Lokhalle.
Following the final, in which he averaged just 84.5, Price spilled out his frustration towards sections of the crowd, admitting to ITV Sport: “I had about 800 other opponents, so well done, fair play.”
Price then quickly took to Instagram to air his views, posting on his story: ‘Can’t believe after such a short time playing darts I’m questioning retirement already.’
He later added: ‘Playing in a major final should be enjoyable win or lose, but sometimes it’s not the way it’s meant to be.
‘The bad blood will infect all you negative people in the end.’
The posts have since been deleted.
Price had won through to his third major ranked final on the back of victories over Vincent van der Voort and Michael Smith earlier in the day.
The Welshman has been the subject of frosty receptions in venues around Europe dating back to last November’s Grand Slam final – where he defeated Gary Anderson in a highly-charged contest.
Price was fined more than £20,000 by the DRA for three separate incidents during the Grand Slam but had his fine reduced by £10,000 in August following an appeal.
Now ranked number five on the PDC Order of Merit, the 34-year-old has enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence since winning his Tour Card at Qualifying School in 2014, picking up eight ranking titles.