Darts: Problems at the PDC Tournament! German fans misbehave! – Darts

But German darts fans gave a bad picture …

Three German starters are eliminated on the first day of the European Darts Open in Leverkusen. But the biggest failure is the behavior of some fans. The announcer even feels compelled to intervene!

A week ago the European Tour went on a trip. The darts circus made a guest appearance at the Austrian Darts Open in Graz and Austrian fans proved that a striking background and sporting fairness when throwing darts are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

Now the tour is back in Germany. The European Darts Open will be played in Leverkusen until Sunday and, as in some of the previous events, such as in Riesa and Hildesheim, some obviously unreachable people in the hall have caused problems.

The rioters had explicitly targeted the Dutch players and the opponents of the German starters. While chants like “No Holland let’s go to the World Cup” are now accepted with a shake of the head, noises and targeted whistles during the throwing motions of the pros have caused anger and misunderstanding.

In the first round match between Maik Kuivenhoven and Stephen Bunting it was not long for the fans not only to influence the game, but also to decide it. Kuivenhoven, unnerved by the disruptive maneuver, risked giving up the victory and in the end managed to advance only 6: 5 thanks to the missed opportunities of the English. Caller George Noble’s cautionary words hadn’t helped either.

A trial that led Philip Brzezinski to the microphone of the stage after the game. “If the majority wants Stephen Bunting to win, that’s fine. Then Stephen Bunting cheers, call Stephen Bunting’s name, but please,” the master of ceremonies said and went on almost pleadingly: “The whistles and whistles when the boys Throwing doubles aren’t really necessary. Stop it. We don’t need it at all in darts, and I’ll tell you, the boys don’t want to win like that either. Boys don’t want to win like that. “

At the Hildesheim event, Brzezinski, who moderated the program of the European Tour from the stage and conducted interviews with the winners, had clearly called the fans to reason.

Words that give PDC Europe the attitude and also make it clear that the darts public should in no way be taken into custody by the clan. As in Hildesheim, the overwhelming majority responded with applause.

Otherwise there was not much to applaud on Friday from the German point of view. Lukas Wenig had already lost 3: 6 to Andrew Gilding in the afternoon, followed in the evening by Niko Kurz (4: 6 to Rowby-John Rodriguez) and also Gabriel Clemens.

Germany's number one: Gabriel Clemens

Germany’s number one: Gabriel ClemensPhoto: DPPI photographic / media alliance

The German number one lost 3: 6 to Dave Chisnall after a bad performance. When the Saarwelling man won his first leg 1: 3, he was averaging 76 points. In the sixth leg he showed his skills again and checked after seven perfect darts in eleven darts to get to 2: 4, but otherwise he did not live up to expectations.

Chisnall struggled more with targeted boos than his opponent. After the Brit scored double again in the middle of the match on the third attempt, he demonstratively clapped a hand to his ear and ironically stretched his thumb towards the audience. He is annoying: the organizers, the other fans and even the players.

Martin Schindler’s match showed just how fascinating darts can be with a great atmosphere and top-notch sporting performance. “I was really nervous, especially in the beginning. My heart still beats. I’m really shaking, “admitted the 25-year-old, struck by the volume and vehemence with which the Leverkusen audience cheered him.

A good performance and no less intense support led to a 6: 2 win for Schindler over Ritchie Edhouse. The German corrected the loss of service in the first leg directly with the rebreak and then came into play better and better under the frenetic cheering. He consistently punished Edhouse’s first missed chances with the break to 4: 2 and shortly after he controlled 85 points spectacularly via the bullseye to win.

Schindler, the German player in the best form since the beginning of the year, meets top player Rob Cross in the second round on Saturday (live from 1pm on Sport1 and DAZN). “I can’t wait,” said Schindler and exudes determination, referring to his Rammstein song: “I want”.

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