Darts fans rage as Sky Sports fault halts World Championship viewing

Darts fans rage as Sky Sports fault halts World Championship viewing

December 30, 2021

Darts fans were raging when a 'temporary fault' halted Sky Sports' coverage of the 2022 PDC World Championship on Thursday afternoon.

Luke Humphries was losing 3-1 to Chris Dobey in the latest exciting match-up of the tournament when viewers at home were cut off from watching.

The action at Alexandra Palace switched to horse racing, which led to bemused supporters taking to social media.

One asked: "Anyone else’s sky sports just flipped from the darts to the horse racing?"

"Oi sky where’s the darts gone," another questioned.

A third tungsten lover wrote: "Cheers Sky Sports. Didn’t wanna watch the Darts anyway!"

One watcher claimed to have found a way around the issues, tweeting: "Put sky darts on ultra hd."

However, most were left in the dark while Humphries and Dobey continued to contest the fifth set.

The racing was cut off too and replaced with a Sky error screen which read: "We're really sorry for this temporary fault."

Minutes passed before the darts returned, by which point Humphries had reduced to deficit to 3-2.

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An unhappy supporter said: "Sky sports are really playing with my emotions here, sort it out."

"Great coverage from sky, switch to Sky sports racing at a pivotal point of the game," another bemoaned.

One fan made light of the unfortunate situation, though, by parodying Wayne Rooney's 2012 tweet after Whitney Houston's death.

They wrote: "Sky sports darts has passed away. RIP u will live on forever. Cant believe it. I wanna run to u. Really cant believe this."

After the delays of the coverage, Humphries continued with his comeback, breaking Dobey's throw in the sixth set to level the score.

The world number 19 cleared 117 to break again in the first leg of the decider, but his 30th ranked opponent immediately broke back.

They ended up in a tie-breaker which Humphries prevailed in, meaning he progresses to the quarter-finals for the third time in four years.

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