Beer-gate at the Ally Pally: Michael van Gerwen has pint thrown over him while preparing to make match entrance
- Michael van Gerwen had a pint thrown over him as he made his match entrance
- The 29-year-old Dutchman then headed backstage rather than to the oche
- Upon return he looked upset, but regained composure to go on and win his tie
- Following the victory he still went to take photos with the crowd members
Kieran Gill for MailOnline
Two-time world champion Michael van Gerwen had a pint thrown over him as he walked on for his first appearance at this year’s tournament at Alexandra Palace.
The world No 1’s walk-on was interrupted as the 29-year-old Dutchman was doused in the drink then headed backstage rather than to the oche.
Van Gerwen, who looked upset when he returned, then regained his composure as he went on to win his match 3-1 against Englishman Alan Tabern.
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Michael van Gerwen had a pint thrown over him as he walked on for his first appearance
The Dutchman was doused in the booze and went backstage rather than up to the oche
After his victory, MVG still went back to the crowd to take selfies and sign autographs. Some supporters appeared to apologise for what had happened to him.
The culprit was thrown out and banned from darts for life. Speaking after his win, Van Gerwen said: ‘I was a little emotional. It’s never happened to me before. I’ve never had this in my life.
‘I didn’t know how to react. I was angry. All I could do was change my shirt, wash my hands, it was all over me. On to the next round.’
This has long been a danger in darts as fans are allowed so close to the players for their walk-ons.
Van Gerwen was left looking around to see who had thrown the beverage in his direction
A PDC spokesman added: ‘The fan who threw the beer was removed from the premises. The PDC doesn’t condone that sort of behaviour.’
Van Gerwen is usually among the more popular players on the circuit among fans. The PDC will now hope this proves to be a one-off incident.
At the end, MVG applauded the crowd and took the time to speak to media. He offered no excuses, saying he throws the darts and no one else.