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Dart Player Accused of Purposely Moving In & Coughing To Distract Opponent (VIDEO)
Where are we as a society when a game of darts can’t even be played without somebody trying to gain an edge?
During the 2018 World Darts Championship on Thursday, controversy erupted when viewers couldn’t help but notice one player constantly coughing while his opponent was throwing darts.
New Zealander Bernie Smith was already leading and headed to victory when England’s Justin Pipe decided to play defense by stepping up and coughing or clearing his throat loudly every time Smith shot.
WATCH: What did you make to ‘coughgate?’ Safe to say @Wayne501Mardle
was not impressed!
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Sky Sports commentator Wayne Mardle felt the same way others watching the match did. He strongly believed Pipe was coughing on purpose.
“It didn’t look good, did it? Every time I see it I think, ‘How desperate are you?’ Mardle said, according to Sam Goodwin of Australia’s 7 Sport. “It looks absolutely despicable behavior by a professional darts player.”
Pipe eventually had to release a statement denying any wrongdoing:
I’m bitterly disappointed with the comments made on Sky Sports and it’s not nice for me and my family to hear.
I would never do something to put another player off and Bernie didn’t say anything to me on the night. As far as I’m aware there is no issue from his side and this has been blown out of all proportion.
My focus is on preparing for my game against Phil (Taylor). It is an honor to be playing him in his final tournament and I just want to concentrate on that match.