I'm ashamed, admits Taylor
Phil Taylor has admitted he is ashamed of his actions following his semi-final victory over Raymond van Barneveld in the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.
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The pair were involved in an angry confrontation on stage after 15-time world champion Taylor had beaten his old rival 6-4.
Taylor rounded on a bemused Van Barneveld when the pair shook hands and the pair then exchanged words and gestures with Taylor appearing to push his head into Van Barneveld's chest at one point.
But Taylor told Sky Sports News he has now said sorry to Van Barneveld and the Dutchman has accepted his apology.
He said: "It's upset me of course it has. To put the record straight, Raymond is a very strong lad and when he shook my hand and pulled me he hurt me a little bit.
"That was all it was and I reacted, to be honest with you, disgracefully. I am ashamed of myself and I feel terrible.
"I have texted Raymond and I have spoken to him and there is nothing else I can do really, only apologise for it. It will never happen again.
"Whatever the PDC decide, chuck the book at me, they can do whatever they want to do - but that's what happened.
"I'm ashamed because I really like Raymond. He loves me to bits and that's why I am really hurt about it because we both think a lot about each other. But we get over it and we move on."