Gerwyn Price apologises to Peter Wright after semi-final defeat
Sport | Richard Gurner | Published: 14:20, Tuesday December 31st, 2019.
Last updated: 14:44, Tuesday December 31st, 2019
Gerwyn Price has apologised to fellow darts player Peter Wright after his semi-final defeat to the Scot in the PDC World Championship.
Price, from Markham, struggled for consistency in Monday’s 6-3 defeat to Wright, as he averaged 89.94 in a feisty affair.
However, the Welshman took to Twitter on Tuesday to apologise to Wright for any ill-feeling in the contest and to look back on a successful 12 months which saw him retain the Grand Slam of Darts title.
Price wrote: “I overreacted to what Peter did after set one. It might’ve been banter, but I was so in the zone and just missed a load of set darts and I wasn’t ready for what he did.
“I will learn and everyone makes mistakes. I’m still new to this and still learning. I apologise to everyone who thinks I’ve done wrong and maybe I was a bit OTT.”
The opening set went to a deciding leg, which Wright won in 11 darts. Wright then tapped Price on the arm and spoke to him.
When Price levelled at 1-1, he went into Wright’s path during his celebration. Neither men shook hands after the match.
Speaking after the match Wright said: “He wanted me to concentrate and I did just that – and he lost.”
Former rugby player Price, 34, whose nickname is ‘The Iceman’, initially took to Twitter in the early hours to hit back at online criticism.
He said: “It’s not a rule that you have to shake hands before, after or during a game.”
However, after Price’s apology, it seems the two players have already patched things up.
In a screenshot of messages posted to Price’s Twitter account, Wright said: “Sorry for being a clown in the first set. I understand now and shouldn’t of done nothing to you sorry (sic).”