Two professional darts stars have found themselves at the centre of one of the most bizarre disagreements in the history of sport.
Both Gary Anderson and Wesley Harms have accused each other of “rotten” farts during their clash in the Gland Slam of Darts in the UK overnight.
Anderson, a two-time world champion, won the match in comprehensive fashion to earn a place in the quarterfinals of the competition.
However it was the post-script to the match that really caught the attention of darts fans and possibly went some way to explaining Harns’ disappointing efforts in going down 10-2.
Dutch star Harns was the first to throw mud, saying in a post-match interview his opponent was breaking wind on stage leaving a “fragrant smell” – and that in turn he was losing focus.
@OcheBalboa1 Wesley Harms just said that Gary had been farting during the game?????
— Emil Steinmann (@Emil_Steinmann) November 15, 2018
Someone farted onstage at the darts last. Neither player nor referee have owned up to it…. a ghost fart? Serious gamesmanship going on there.
— Scott Fletcher (@FloatHx) November 16, 2018
Harns took the matter even further while speaking to Dutch TV station RTL7, claiming, “it’ll take me two nights to lose this smell from my nose.”
The Dutchman also hit back at a retaliation from his Scottish opponent, who said it was in fact Harns who dealt out the nasty smells.
“If the boy (Anderson) thinks I’ve farted he’s 1010 per cent wrong. I swear on my children’s lives that it was not my fault,” Harns said.
“I had a bad stomach once on stage before and admitted it. So I’m not going to lie about farting on stage.”
Anderson was furious with the allegations against him, the world number four not only claimed Harns was the one breaking wind, but even went into detail about exactly the smell he had to put up with.
“It definitely came from table-side and it was eggs, rotten eggs, but not from me,” Anderson said.
“Every time I walked past there was a waft of rotten eggs so that’s why I was thinking it was him.
“It definitely wasn’t me. I thought he had a s*** and I went ‘That’s dirty’.
“It was bad. It was a stink, then he started to play better and I thought he must have needed to get some wind out.
“If somebody has done that they need to see a doctor. Seemingly he says it was me but I would admit it.”
Breaking wind on stage has been noted as a distracting tactic before in the often hilarious history of darts.
Although viewers can’t sense it from the comfort of their lounge rooms, a rotten smell can wreak serious havoc with the laser focus required to operate at the peak of your darts game.
Let’s just hope the guilty party gets their stomach sorted before their next turn up on stage or else their secret will be up quick smart.