Gerwyn Price apologized for his conduct during the defeat to Peter Wright in the PDC World Championship semifinal. Scottish veteran Wright, 49, beat Price 6-3 in a grumpy confrontation at Alexandra Palace on Monday night and will face defending champion Michael Van Gerwen in the final.
Wright was unimpressed by what he saw as Price's lush celebrations, and the pair did not shake hands at the end of the match. Price had commented before the semi-finals, which added more agility to the competition when they faced each other on the oche, with Wright tapping the Welsh on the arm and exchanging words when he took off the first game.
Later, Wright was less than impressed with the third seed, while & # 39; The Iceman & # 39; went to Twitter during the early hours of Tuesday morning to say it was his rival who was "out of order".
However, after some time for reflection, former rugby player Price posted a new statement on social media hoping to leave the incident behind.
"I had time to reflect on the game last night and personally peed on myself, left my fans and family at the biggest game of my career and letting Peter find me," Price said in a statement on Twitter.
"I've been in this position before in games, but never in the World Cup semifinal. I reacted too much to what Peter did after setting one. It may have been a joke, but I was in the zone and lost a load of darts and wasn't ready for what he did. I'm going to learn and everyone makes mistakes, but I'm still new at it and keep learning.
"I apologize to everyone who thinks I did something wrong and yes, maybe I was a little old fashioned. It's a tough place on this stage and sometimes emotions overwhelm him. I also apologize for not shaking his hand, isn't it? It's a rule, but I should bite my tongue and leave, just as I just wanted to get off the stage and come home as you can imagine.
“It was a tough year for me and in the end, playing as well as I am, I must be really proud. I personally apologize to Peter for my reactions. I wish Peter and Michael all the best in the final tomorrow night. Looking forward to 2020. ”
Earlier in the tournament, Price accused Simon Whitlock of "pathetic" slow play during the fourth round match.
Price secured a big win on the PDC circuit at the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts, but was later fined £ 20,000 for his behavior during his win over Gary Anderson. The financial penalty was later halved, and Price also raised the 2019 title at Wolverhampton, where he beat Wright 16-6.
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