Thursday 29 June 2017

Darts: Taylor shame over barney

Phil Taylor has admitted he is ashamed of his actions following his semi-final victory over Raymond van Barneveld in the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.

The pair were involved in an angry confrontation on stage after 15-time world champion Taylor had beaten his old rival 6-4. Taylor rounded on a bemused Van Barneveld when the pair shook hands and the pair then exchanged words and gestures with Taylor appearing to push his head into Van Barneveld's chest at one point.

But Taylor said he has now said sorry to Van Barneveld and the Dutchman has accepted his apology. He said: "It's upset me, of course it has. To put the record straight, Raymond is a very strong lad and when he shook my hand and pulled me he hurt me a little bit. That was all it was and I reacted, to be honest with you, disgracefully. I am ashamed of myself and I feel terrible.

"I have texted Raymond and I have spoken to him and there is nothing else I can do really, only apologise for it. It will never happen again."

Meanwhile, Taylor believes it is going to take a "massive effort" from him to defeat Michael van Gerwen and claim his 16th world title tonight. "His form at the minute is unbelievable. It's going to take a massive, massive effort to just stay with him I think."

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