Adrian Lewis Suspended By PDC After Altercation In Match
Darts is normally a pretty serene sport. Whilst the crowd go wild and get into it with their songs and chants the players can calmly walk to the oche and throw their darts, well not last night.
Of course like in any sport there are rivalries in darts and with rivalry comes the odd bit of needle and the occasional bit of foul play with a well timed cough or a slow throwing style to rile your opponent.
But it's not often that a match will end in shoving, for a sport predominantly played in pubs and with a reputation that even those playing like to partake in a drink or two during the match it's usually pretty civil.
However Lewis started an argument with his opponent Jose Justicia in the UK Open qualifiers quarter final on Friday night when he felt the Spaniard was trying a bit of gamesmanship with him.
After one altercation the former two time world champion then got physical with Justicia at the end of the match and had to be taken away by security:
Hope he gets banned indefinitely. pic.twitter.com/jwhpjqdwi8- tam sellics son (@gibbygibbo1) February 2, 2018
Adrian Lewis being a wanker, imagine my shock https://t.co/fPJotyLHvO- Cameron (@lawseyitfc) February 2, 2018
I'm a big fan of Adrian Lewis but no excusing his behaviour at the end of that match. Any intentional physical contact has no place in this sport. He's very fortunate to not have been disqualified. #Darts- Josh's Dartistry (@JoshsDartistry) February 2, 2018
Adrian Lewis was out of order there but he learned from Phil Taylor, who was a cunt his entire career. Not that surprising.- Craig Paterson (@CraigyP83) February 2, 2018
The 33 year old went on to win the match over the Spaniard, who would have no doubt been a little distracted after the first argument, but he was knocked out by Michael van Gerwen 6-3 in the next round.
After the semi-final the PDC suspended Lewis and in a statement said, "Following a review of the incidents which occurred in his match with Jose Justicia at Friday's UK Open qualifier, the Darts Regulation Authority has suspended Adrian Lewis with immediate effect pending a full investigation in to the matter.
"The player has the right of appeal."
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