Anderson puts the record straight

World champion 'Gary Anderson.
World champion 'Gary Anderson.

Eyemouth’s darts world champion Gary Anderson is putting the record straight after claims he intentionally lost a Premier League match against Adrian Lewis at Glasgow’s SECC in 2011.

Anderson, 44, led the match 3-0 but, with Lewis suffering “disgraceful” abuse, allowed the Englishman to reel off eight legs in a row to secure an 8-3 victory.

When asked if he intentionally lost, Anderson told BBC Scotland: “I didn’t want to win a game where that happened; I thought it was a disgrace.”

However, in a message on Twitter Anderson said: “I didn’t answer that question as I meant to. I would never intentionally lose a match or step onto the oche and give anything other than my best, but that night I thought the crowd behaviour was so disgraceful I lost all my motivation to win and was completly unable to concentrate.

“It wasn’t a question of not wanting to win, I just found myself without the ability to do so because I felt so ashamed of what was happening I could not focus at all on playing and my game fell apart.”