The “whoever smelt it, dealt it” rule has been thrown out the window after two rival darts players accused each other of breaking wind during their match.
Gary Anderson, 47, a Scottish two-time world champion, saw off his 34-year-old Dutch opponent, Wesley Harms, 10-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam of Darts.
However, Harms complained that he was affected by a “fragrant smell”, which he said Anderson left behind as they played at the Aldersley Leisure Village venue in Wolverhampton.
He told Dutch TV channel RTL7 on Saturday: “It’ll take me two nights to lose this smell from my nose.”
But Anderson – the world number four – waved the accusation away and said he thought the smell may have come from his opponent.
“I thought Wesley had farted on stage,” he told the channel. “I thought ‘that’s dirty’ – it was bad, it was a stinker.
“I thought it was him and he started playing better, I thought he must’ve needed to get some wind out. I swear on my children’s lives [it wasn’t me]. But it was smelly.
“If I had farted and it smelt like that I would have put my hands up and say ‘sorry’. It [the odour] was table-side, it was eggs. Rotten eggs. Every time he walked past it was a waft of rotten eggs.
“If somebody has done that they need to see a doctor.”
Anderson will now face German Michael Unterbuchner in the next round.