Gary Anderson believes gamesmanship is becoming increasingly common in professional darts and says more needs to be done to combat the use of deliberate tactics.
The two-time World Champion was involved in a heated exchange with Daryl Gurney at the Unibet World Grand Prix after the Northern Irishman ran out a straight sets winner in their Quarter-Final clash.
Anderson had accused Gurney of mumbling behind his back at the oche, while reports backstage also suggested Anderson felt Gurney was taking too long to retrieve his darts from the board.
Gurney vigorously denied the accusations, revealing he was “not best pleased” with Anderson, now the Scot believes more players are resorting to underhand tactics in a bid to distract their opponents.
“There is more and more,” Anderson told Live Darts. “How do we stop it?
“Like they say, they can’t prove anything.
“Darts is not the game that I used to play years ago.
“That’s why people ask ‘why do you like playing Michael van Gerwen?’ – you get on with it.
“We just go up there and bash the board, that’s what we’re supposed to do.
“To me, that’s darts. All the other rubbish, to be honest, I can’t be doing with it, I’m past the point of caring now.
“If you’ve got to do that, you might as well just have the game.”
Anderson has enjoyed one of the most successful years of his career to date, claiming four televised titles including the UK Open and World Matchplay.
The world number four opted out of competing on the European Tour this season and consequently misses out on the upcoming Unibet European Championship, returning to action at the World Series Finals in Vienna from November 2-4.
Anderson will then head to Wolverhampton for the Grand Slam of Darts, an event he has branded his “favourite” in recent years, though this year’s event will be held at Aldersley Leisure Village due to the ongoing renovation of the Wolves Civic.
“I’m not happy, I don’t like change!” joked Anderson.
“This will be, I think, my twelfth year on the trot.
“The first tournament I played when I was with the BDO, I got so much dog’s abuse.
“I just love Wolverhampton, the hotel I stay at is fantastic and the Civic was a great venue so it’ll be a bit strange playing elsewhere.
“I don’t know if I’ll be happy or not!”
The Grand Slam features 24 PDC players and eight BDO players competing in an initial round-robin format in a quest to reach the knock-out phase.
An annual fixture since 2007, the Grand Slam remains the only televised major to incorporate players from the two rival codes despite acquired prize money being added to the main Order of Merit for PDC players.
Asked whether he thinks it is essential to retain BDO players in the prestigious PDC ranking tournament, Anderson replied: “Not now.
“Back then we had the World Darts Trophy and the IDL [International Darts League] across in Holland and we started to invite the PDC players and then they kind of repaid the favour by the Grand Slam.
“I think now, they’ve had their chances, the Grand Slam money goes on your rankings, so the boys who are missing out on the ranking money, it can make a difference in where they end up in the tables at the end of the year.
“I don’t look at anything to do with darts – I don’t even know who’s running the country at the moment!
“I’ve got my own world that I stay in and that’s it.
“Once it comes to politics and who should be in and who shouldn’t – I try not to get involved, it’s the best way to be,” he added.
BY Jamie Shaw LIVEDARTS