Wayne Mardle worried by unhappy Gerwyn Price after Premier League darts defeat

Wayne Mardle spoke of his concern for Gerwyn Price after The Iceman made a losing start to his Premier League campaign.

In the month since his ear-defenders stunt at the World Darts Championship, Price has looked refreshingly content, taking part in exhibition events in Germany and reaching the finals of both World Series events.

However, he suffered an early exit at the Masters in Milton Keynes last weekend, having been bed-ridden through illness in the lead-up to the event. Price tried to bat away questions about his ear-defenders, which have now been banned, in the build-up the Premier League, admitting he would have to “take whatever comes my way” from fans.

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Price was booed ahead of his match against Nathan Aspinall, who beat an out-of-sorts Iceman 6-4 before losing in the last four to the eventual winner on the night, Chris Dobey.

Price’s demeanour on the stage concerned Sky Sports pundit Mardle, who said: “Gerwyn Price looks at odds with himself to me. I don’t like to see anyone look unhappy and at the moment he looks unhappy on the oche.

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“I don’t want to see that, I want to see people come here and enjoy it. Hopefully he can.”

As for the booing, Price won some sympathy from fans on social media, with one saying: “Gets way too much hate, just getting boring now.”

Another said: “I actually like him now, never used to but I do think he’s calmed down a lot. Dart audiences tend to be like sheep, they just react and do what they think they should do.”


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