Adrian Lewis has branded Peter Wright a “cheat” following their heated clash at the Players Championship Finals in Minehead on…
Adrian Lewis has branded Peter Wright a “cheat” following their heated clash at the Players Championship Finals in Minehead on Saturday.
The two former World Champions had to be separated by security on stage after squaring off following a frosty Second Round encounter.
Wright recovered from 3-0 down to snatch a 6-5 victory and was confronted by a furious ‘Jackpot’ at the end of the match.
The pair exchanged words before referee Kirk Bevins and a member of security intervened and escorted the players off stage.
The incident appeared to have been sparked by a disagreement over a loose floorboard on the stage, but Wright was quick to play down proceedings in his post-match interview on ITV.
“I said there must have been a loose board at the back, but you get that. It works loose like that,” said Wright.
“But we were just discussing Christmas cards and who has got to send the first one.
“Adrian is an amazing player. I love him to bits. He’s not a double World Champion for nothing. I’d like to see him back in the Premier League where he belongs.
“We need a little bit of heating up there, that might help. It got nice and warm up there.”
Lewis then took to social media shortly afterwards to give his version of events, accusing ‘Snakebite’ of deliberate tactics when trailing the match.
Lewis tweeted: ‘Thanks for all your support this weekend. Learning curve about trust today occurred. Onto the Worlds now.
‘I honestly did nothing wrong, even I was bewildered with what was going on and trying to process it whilst trying to concentrate on my darts, so at the end of the game I wanted to find out what was his problem because I didn’t have a clue what was going on.
‘He said to me there was a loose floorboard and I found it! So my response to him was ‘you took me out my rhythm, you had a game plan’, and as world number two it’s disgraceful and you’re nothing but a cheat.
‘He knew what he was doing as soon as I went 3-1 up he started muttering things and shaking his head at me which put me in a situation that made me feel uncomfortable.
‘The people who I fall out with always have to be the ones apologise because they know I’m not a cheat, never have been, never will be!
‘Trouble does seem to follow me around, I can’t deny it, but its only because I’m a genuine person who wears my heart on my sleeve and people try to take advantage of that. I will always speak my mind!
‘For those saying I’m a sore loser, this, that and the other, I’m the best loser because I say it exactly as it is I don’t try hide anything. I say what I see.
‘Peter will say nice things about me in the interview as he knows I’ve done nothing wrong and he’s bang out of order.’
In 2012, Lewis became embroiled in a disagreement with James Wade over an apparent loose floorboard during their meeting in the Premier League.
The Stoke star was fine £3,000 and given suspended ban after clashing with Jose Justicia in a Players Championship event in 2018.
It is not yet clear as to whether the DRA will take action against either player over the incident in Minehead.
Wright now faces Australia’s Damon Heta in the Last 16 on Saturday evening.