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Luke Littler 'hurt' by fan incident that Sky Sports cut away from in ugly scenes

Luke Littler 'hurt' by fan incident that Sky Sports cut away from in ugly scenes

Luke Littler commented on the incident after coming from behind to beat Nathan Aspinall in Belfast on Thursday.

Luke Littler has said he was "hurt" by a fan prior to his game against Michael van Gerwen on Thursday night.

The 17-year-old darts sensation picked up wins over Luke Humphries and Van Gerwen before beating Nathan Aspinall in the final to win his first Premier League night in Belfast.

Littler collected a £10,000 bonus for his triumph but there was a moment of concern for the Warrington player earlier in the night.

Prior to his semi-final with Van Gerwen, Littler was making his entrance to the Oche to the crowd-pleasing 'Greenlight' from Pitbull and Lunchmoney Lewis when someone in the stands grabbed his arm and did not let go.

Littler was giving high-fives when it happened and Sky Sports cameras briefly cut away.

When the camera returned on Littler, he looked shocked and security got involved.

Image: Sky Sports
Image: Sky Sports

Littler then continued to greet fans but did admit that he was in a bit of pain and a little shaken up by the time he got to the stage.

“I don’t know who he was, he pulled my arm. It hurt a little bit," he said, as per The Sun.

“That’s why, when I went on stage, I didn’t interact with my music. I heard everyone singing but I just needed to relax.

"As soon as (referee) Charlie said ‘Game On’, I had to relax myself. My hand is fine. It worked out well.”

There is no word on whether the individual was thrown out but Littler went on to beat Van Gerwen 6-3.

He then bested Aspinall in the final, recording a 6-4 victory in a performance which included a breathtaking checkout.

Littler is now second in the eight-player table, four points off leader Humphries in his debut on the roadshow.

The next stop is a special one for Littler as he takes to the oche in Manchester next Thursday.

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports

Topics: Luke Littler, Darts