Ally Pally Darts Results Day 7 : James Wade Statement & Whitlock Out!
James Wade Wins then Issues Statement. Michael Smith progressed to the last 32. Simon Whitlock out.
Results : 2018 PDC World Darts Championships! at the (Ally Pally) Alexandra Palace, London.
Wednesday (Day 7) of the PDC World Championship was shown live on Sky Sports.
Darts continues - It's Officially Christmas time!
'The Machine' James Wade survives being taken to a tie-break by Japan's Seigo Asada.
However, Wade was accused of intimidation and 'thuggish behaviour' by Wayne Mardle this second round match.
Speaking after the victory James Wade said "I wanted to hurt him, I wanted to really hurt him in his face."
Mardle resonded : "Does he mean he wanted to punch him in his face? What does he mean? I’m absolutely lost for words.
“That’s just not on. The intimidation, overly aggressive, I hope he wakes up in the morning and thinks, ‘I’ve made a mistake there’."
Twitter resonded : "I don’t usually watch darts but have been enjoying the tournament. This behaviour shouldn’t be allowed in any sport without repercussions "#JamesWade #wadeout
James Wade has now issued a statement which says :
"I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely apologise for my actions last night.
"Seigo Asada is a great player and I would like to say sorry to him, the fans and the PDC.
"Anyone that has followed my professional career will know that this was very out of character for me and I am disappointed in myself with the way I acted both on the stage and in my interviews after the match.
"I was fighting a battle with myself before I even got on the stage due to a hypo mania episode which can happen to me at any time and no-one is more upset than I am about what happened.
"I would like to again apologise and hope that people can understand how remorseful I am."
Michael Smith, Now a Big favourite in the betting to lift The Sid Waddell Trophy beats Ron Meulenkamp in a 3-1 victory.
Eighth seed Simon 'The Wizard' Whitlock made an early exit losing in straight sets to Ally Pally debutant Ryan Joyce.
Belgian Kim Huybrechts whitewashed Daniel Larsson.
Brendan Dolan takes out Joe Cullen.
Wednesday 19 December
Nathan Aspinall 3-0 Geert Nentjes (R1)
Noel Malicdem 3-2 Jeffrey de Graaf (R1)
Brendan Dolan 3-0 Joe Cullen (R2)
Kim Huybrechts 3-0 Daniel Larsson (R2)
William O’Connor 3-2 James Wilson (R2)
Ryan Joyce 3-0 Simon Whitlock (R2)
Michael Smith 3-1 Ron Meulenkamp (R2)
James Wade 3-2 Seigo Asada (R2)