Fans predict World No1 Gerwyn Price to retire after ear-defenders controversy

Gerwyn Price might retire from the sport of darts according to concerned supporters who watched the former world champion take to the stage wearing ear-defenders to try and drown out boos.

Price, who could lose his World No. 1 ranking to Michael van Gerwen come the end of the ongoing tournament, was well beaten by Gabriel Clemens in their quarter-final despite his attempts to block out the noise.

The 37-year-old Welshman, who won the 2021 PDC World Darts Championship, has asked fans to stop booing him in recent years having previously relished the pantomime villain tag.

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Following his 5-1 defeat, a huge upset with Clemens becoming the first German to ever make the semi-finals of the competition, one fan said: "Price to retire soon."

A second fan took to Twitter to warn: "Gezzy will only be pushed so far I can see him just walking away from the sport and that would be a very big and sad lose."

A third added: "I won’t be surprised if Price will retire after tonight, no one deserves that abuse!"

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As a fourth concluded: "Great win (for Clemens). Best player tonight. Price gone. Will retire from darts now."

Price took to the Ally Pally stage wearing large ear defenders to receive an even louder backlash from fans, then using small ear buds before crashing out.

Despite the boos from spectators, the loss of Price would be a huge one to the sport thanks to his rise into superstardom which included four nine-dart finishes in 2022 including two on the same night in the Premier League.

The former professional rugby union and rugby league player was quick to take to Instagram after the defeat, with Wayne Mardle also calling his actions a sign of frailty.

Price said: "So frustrating, you play all year round preparing for this one tournament. So gutted I wasn't let play but Good luck everyone left in. Not sure I will ever play in this event again."

In claiming victory, Clemens booked a semi-final spot against Michael Smith with Van Gerwen taking on Dimitri Van den Bergh for a place in the biggest game in darts.

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