Joe Cullen says his Premier League opponent Gary Anderson called him a “cheater” after Cullen beat him 5-3 in Rotterdam on Thursday to beat him 6-5.
It was a darts classic, but the tension was evident in the final leg as Anderson eyed Cullen as he prepared to throw. It is believed that he believed Cullen would interfere with him. Anderson then missed darts that would have taken him to victory.
The pair exchanged heated words after the match and Cullen gave DAZN a glimpse of the conversation, saying: “For lack of a better word, he called me a cheater. Gary said I know what I’ve done, I said, ‘I don’t know what I’ve done.’
“I did absolutely nothing wrong. Never had a problem with Gary in the past. I did absolutely nothing wrong, my conscience is clear. I don’t know what it was.
“I said, ‘Watch every camera you have.’ I don’t know if it was the heat of the moment. We all do stupid things in the heat of the moment. I am many things, but I am not a cheater. I have a lot of respect for Gary, he’s a great ambassador for the sport but I think he let himself down a bit tonight.”
Cullen then beat Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen to take the league title in Rotterdam. The player started the evening bottom of the table, but has worked his way up to the play-off spots with the win.
He will have to defend the pitch for weeks as the play-offs take place on June 13.
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