Michael van Gerwen says Gerwyn Price “should no longer have put himself in that position” after the world No 1 donned ear defenders for the duration of his crushing defeat to Gabriel Clemens in the quarter-finals of the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.
Price wore cumbersome ear defenders for the fifth set of his 5-1 drubbing on Sunday night time to drown out the boos from the crowd, and later wrote on Instagram that he was once not sure whether or not he would play in the World Championship again.
Van Gerwen – who swept apart Chris Dobey 5-0 later in the night time to continue to be on path for a fourth world title – says he would now not have completed what Price did however had sympathy for a participant who is “going thru a hard period”.
Title preferred Van Gerwen stated of 2021 champion Price: “In his position, with how large he is in darts, I would not have finished that however he is going via a hard period.
“[Wearing ear defenders] has in no way been achieved in darts earlier than and additionally he would not want it, however he is in a challenging duration so he is wondering about things.
“He mustn’t put himself in that function however it really is darts unfortunately.”
Sky Sports Darts pundit Wayne Mardle stated Price’s movements confirmed a uncommon signal of “frailty” and hopes the Iceman’s recommendation that he may additionally in no way return to Ally Pally is simply a “knee-jerk reaction” to a heavy defeat.
Price reeled off consecutive ton-plus finishes en route to waltzing even though the opening set however then misplaced 5 in a row as Clemens, the first German into the World Championship semi-finals, averaged 99.94 to the Welshman’s 94.58.
Mardle said: “Apparently Gerwyn has had the ear defenders with him prior to this game. It was once some thing he used to be questioning about doing.
“The reality he has had them for a week or so indicates you there is a bit of frailty there however nothing about him is frail – he hits the entirety head-on and takes the whole thing in his stride.
“Normally he offers with matters brilliantly however he of course felt the strain and is now not one hundred per cent cosy proper now.
“Mentally he could not have been that sturdy the place commonly that is his game. He is one of the most mentally-strong darts gamers I have known.
“I suppose he has been floor down over the remaining few months and possibly due to the fact he is now not at his awesome best, perhaps he is a bit fragile. Gerwyn regressed after the first set and could not locate anything, which was once simply odd.
“I hope [saying he may no longer play at Ally Pally again] is simply a knee-jerk reaction
“When you put the over-elaborate ear defenders on they are now not for you, they are for the crowd. It’s, ‘this is me announcing to you, shut up, be quiet, maintain out of it’.
“People in the media have been telling me he practised with the ear defenders on so I do not comprehend if they put him off – however I observed it rather abnormal he would be that complex in displaying the crowd he could not care much less what they think.”