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.
@OfficialPDC @rtl7darts- Luciën Vrolijk (@LucienVrolijk) December 19, 2018
Dear PDC.. do you approve of this kind of behaviour?!
The way James Wade acts towards Seigo Asada.. do you think that's admissible..?!
Are you going to take some action for this kind of behaviour..?! pic.twitter.com/BoDaxNw7of
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."
You can watch the incident below.
"I wanted to hurt him, I wanted to really hurt him in his face."- Sky Sports Darts (@SkySportsDarts) December 19, 2018
Some bizarre post-match comments from James Wade after his tie-break win over Seigo Asada.
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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.
"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."
James Wade - "I won that game for my country"- Dave Black (@LiviLion21) December 19, 2018
Reporter - "You were quite aggressive there James."
Wade - "Yeah - I wanted to hurt him in his face. I done it for my son and a bit of 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.
"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."
@OfficialPDC He did it again at the end to Seigo Asada. After Asada had just bowed to this thug. I don't usually watch darts but have been enjoying the tournament. This behaviour shouldn't be allowed in any sport without repercussions #JamesWade #wadeout pic.twitter.com/JzmqkVzKlN- Mr Blue (@immisterblue) December 20, 2018
Really awful stuff from James Wade at the Darts. "Done it for my son and my country". Wow. Shouting in a mans face? Came across as a slightly crazy nationalist thug. Credit to Seigo Asada for a great game and being a proper gent. #PDCWorldChampionship- Neil Brock (@thenigee) December 19, 2018
#PDCWorldChampionship. Disgusting behaviour by James wade tonight. No excuses. Your son would certainly not be proud of a bullying thuggish behaviour shown by James wade tonight. Very disappointing- Paula (@PinkPalace13) December 19, 2018
Those antics are piss poor. James Wade should never be allowed on the World's stage again after scenes like that AND then backing it up in the post game interview. It's bullying and it's disgusting.- Joe (@zPedderz) December 19, 2018
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