Michael van Gerwen has revealed what happened during an altercation with Jonathan Worsley which saw the latter thrown out of the final Players Championship event of the Winter Series.
Worsley had previously been told off by the PDC for marking a game in a shirt that did not follow dress code rules but complained to the tournament directed that MVG was allowed to do so in jeans and a t-shirt.
The world number one later approached 'Womble' about this and the pair argued, escalating into a push that left the PDC with no option but to disqualify him from the tournament. However, a PDC spokesperson has since stated: "The matter has been referred to the Darts Regulation Authority, who would decide if there are any charges to answer."
Worsley, the world number 97, initially vented his fury after his removal from the Winter Series with an expletive-ridden Facebook post that he later deleted before releasing a statement explaining his version of events. It read: "On Wednesday I needed to go to the bathroom after my sport. At the identical time I spilt a drink down my prime, So I modified my shirt asap and rushed again to mark the board!
"On Thursday I got a b******ing off the tournament director for wearing a shirt we aren’t allowed to put on, so I apologised and that was that. Then MVG needed to mark and he acquired somebody to mark for him in denims and a t- shirt!
"So I requested Keith the event director what the distinction was you cant have 1 rule for him and one other for me. I made no formal grievance so this could of been stored between me and the event director. However right now MVG involves the desk and begins giving me s*** asking why I reported him then begins calling me names and attempting to intimidate me: “Rat, Rat, Rat, Rat,” and so forth.
"I mentioned. “No Mike it wasn’t aimed at you I just said it should be equal for all players.” Fair level to make! Anyway I went out for a fag simply stood there with Scott chatting and he begins attempting to intimidate me calling me Rat, Rat, Rat and so forth
"I defined it one final time and other people listening agreed. He stored going so I pushed him. He reported me to the PDC bearing in mind the security knew full well he had been provoking me yet I get kicked out he’s alright to play!
"How is that right? The PDC didn’t even converse to the safety to see either side, simply took MVG aspect. Absolute joke. So I’ve misplaced out right now since you cant speak to officers confidentially with out them gossiping and stirring! Ps. The security and some of the officials were quality."
Van Gerwen admitted he did call Worsley a 'rat' in his own statement, which he waited until Saturday evening to post.
It read: "This morning at the PDC Winter Series, Jonathan and myself did have crossed words over the marking of games at the Winter Series. The reason the PDC Tournament Director had words with him, as he wanted to mark in a rugby shirt, not just a regular shirt.
"I admit to calling him a rat in the exchange of words. We are all colleagues, he could have come and had a quiet word with me if he felt there was a problem.
"When we were outside, I was still unhappy that he had not come to me first, and our discussion continued. Yes again, I did call him a rat. At this point, Jonathan tried to lay his hands on me, that was seen by colleagues. The way they dealt with it was very professional.
"The PDC spoke with everyone who was there, and we all know once that has happened. There is only one outcome. You will be removed from the tournament. It is as simple as that. We all know that you can not place your hands on another player as he did.
"We all know this. he way everything was dealt with today was very professional. As far as I am concerned, the matter has now been dealt with by the PDC and we move on. All my focus is now on the Grand Slam, and I will not be answering any further questions on the matter."
Van Gerwen is currently preparing for the Grand Slam of Darts, which begins on Monday, but for the first time in many years he won't start a major as favourite following a disappointingly inconsistent season.
He didn't play in the first three days of the Winter Series but was then knocked out early on by Adrian Lewis and Callan Rydz on Friday and Saturday respectively.