Price branded ‘bigger heel than Triple H’ as crowd boo at Van Barneveld match

Gerwyn Price was heavily booed ahead of his blockbuster third round tie against Raymond van Barneveld at the World Darts Championship.

The reaction from the Ally Pally crowd was no surprise given the Welshman has regularly received a rough ride from fans, especially at the Worlds.

There was also the not-so-small matter of the fact he was facing one of the most popular players in the sport’s history in Van Barneveld, who was cheered like a hero as he made his way to the stage to his signature walk-on tune, Eye of the Tiger.

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While the reaction the players received was no real surprise, it was disappointing and confusing to many fans.

“Listen, I love to hate Gerwyn Price as much as the next person but dear lord this crowd is PETTY,” said one on social media.

Another mused: “Can’t help but feel that if Gerwyn Price was an overweight, balding bloke in his mid-forties he wouldn’t get booed so relentlessly lol, cymru am byth [Wales for ever] baby.”

A third added: “The generic sports style hatred for Gerwyn Price cracks me up. Every year it's the same, and I bet no one really knows why. The best pantomime in sports.”

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Another joked: “Gerwyn Price is a bigger heel than reign of terror Triple H and he f****** loves it, Cymru am byth.”

The boos started as Price was introduced to the crowd with the Welshman waving politely before making a brisk walk down the aisle, stopping on the way to embrace his family.

“Don’t get the hate for Gerwyn Price. I like him,” said one fan.

Another added: “Don’t get why everyone hates Gerwyn Price, elite mentality and I’ve got a lot of time for it.”

However, Price may light of the boos as he romped to a 4-0 victory, finishing the match with a stunning 128 finish.

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