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James Wade Accused Of 'Bullying' Opponent On Stage, Then Gives Really Bizarre Interview

James Wade Accused Of 'Bullying' Opponent On Stage, Then Gives Really Bizarre Interview

He may have won the match 3-2 but James Wade's on stage actions have overshadowed his performance at the PDC World Championships, last night.

The 35-year-old has been accused of intimidation tactics and bullying during his win over Seigo Asada.

Wade, the world number nine, was heard shouting at Asada after levelling the match. He also clenched his fist toward Aaada while celebrating, something that many have found uncomfortable.

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In the post-match analysis, former player and pundit Wayne Mardle described as "thuggish" behaviour. He also said there was no place in darts for it.

Then, after he'd walked off stage, Wade took part in a slightly bizarre interview, claiming:

"I wanted to hurt him, I wanted to really hurt him in his face."

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You can watch the incident below.

He went on to claim he did it for his 10 week old son, who text him before the match.

"I dug in deep there. It's a magnificent feeling. I could have easily lost that. I've done it for my son, for my country, so it's good," he told Sky Sports.

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"I kept giving it to him, I wanted to hurt him, I wanted to really hurt him in his face. It wasn't a great game but I wanted to hurt him and I wanted to progress. That's for my son, and also for the UK."

Mardle was certainly critical of Wade's actions and said he was "lost for words" after watching his post-match interview.

"Does he mean he wanted to punch him in his face? What does he mean? I'm absolutely lost for words," he said via Sky Sports.

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"That's just not on. The intimidation, overly aggressive, I hope he wakes up in the morning and thinks, 'I've made a mistake there'.

"He can't think that's right and no-one watching it can think it's right. That's thuggish behaviour, there's no place in darts for that."

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There's so much reaction to this incident. What are your thoughts?

Let us know in the comments.

Topics: sports news, world championships, reactions, Darts News

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

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