Sky Sports ‘mute’ darts crowd mic after crude chant aimed at Gerwyn Price

Sky Sports ‘mute’ darts crowd mic after crude chant aimed at Gerwyn Price

December 27, 2021

Gerwyn Price was targeted by the crowd at the 2022 PDC World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace on Monday evening as he took on Kim Huybrechts in a bad-tempered third round meeting.

The Welsh star, who is the reigning champion of the world, was forced to dig deep to see off the challenge of his Belgian foe – winning in sudden death at five legs all and three sets each.

Throughout the contest, Price was booed and jeered by the crowd as he has been throughout his career on PDC circuit, with one chant adjudged to have gone too far by the broadcaster.

Some of those in attendance could be heard calling the 36-year-old a 'sheep sh****** b******', with sound seemingly dropping out for those watching on at home.

One fan said on Twitter: "Sky keeps muting the crowd when they're singing 'sheep sh****** b****** you know what you are' at Gerwyn Price."

With a second saying: "The crowd giving it Gerwyn Price' Sheep sh****** b****** you know what you are."

A third wrote: "Sky trying to mute the crowd whenever they called Price a 'sheep sh****** b******'."

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And a fourth saying: "Sky needs to work out what it wants here with a darts crowd… encourages and hypes it up and then has to mute them when they chant something they don’t like."

Despite the chants, Price dug deep to reach the fourth round in a match that included a sensational 17 180s and eight 100+ finishes.

Although there was respect at the conclusion, at one stage Huybrechts called over the ref and made a talking gesture to the crowd as tempers flared at some excessive celebrations from both men.

Price admitted after the event that the pair had some beef on stage, telling Sky Sports that he was delighted to get through with the crowd on his back throughout.

He said: "A couple of times he walked back and gave it large and I was giving it back to him."

Adding: "I told him that's one all, and if he wants to give it he has to take it back."

Price will now face Dutchman Dirk van Duijvenbode for a place in the quarter-finals as he looks to defend his title, with Michael Smith a potential opponent in the last eight.

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