Darts fans have told Prime Minister Boris Johnson exactly how they feel during the ongoing PDC World Championship.
The sport’s premier tournament, famous for its feel-good atmosphere and fancy dress, began on Wednesday and the players are vying for the prestigious Sid Waddell Trophy.
The tournament brings together one of the most vociferous and passionate crowds in all of sport, which has produced some of the most creative and savage chants.
One of these chants was aimed at none other than the leader of the Conservative Party during last night’s pulsating action at Alexandra Palace.
A fan heard the chant and tweeted: “Got a lot of time for the crowd at the darts singing “Boris you're a c***. Gotta love em.”
Although fans are loving the darts, public health experts have dubbed the event, where 80,000 raucous spectators are packing Alexandra Palace throughout the next fortnight, as ‘Covid spreading on steroids’.
Professor Keith Neal, an expert in public health at the University of Nottingham, says the event shouldn’t have gone ahead with fans in attendance.
“I would tell the local authorities do not let it happen with a crowd,” he said.
“It is ridiculous. People will be travelling on public transport.
“It is Covid spreading on steroids. There is no concept of social distancing and they will not be wearing masks because they are drinking.”
The PDC have taken precautions by ensuring fans demonstrate their current Covid status upon arrival at the venue or they will be turned away.
However, Neal expresses his concern regarding the covid passes, which he says are a poor defence against the rapidly spreading Omicron variant of Covid.
He added: “You need at least three doses of vaccine for an effective Covid pass with Omicron.”
In a thrilling evening session on Sunday, fan favourite Fallon Sherrock went down 3-2 against Steve Beaton.
Beaton took out double 18 to draw first blood but Sherrock's finishing – her strongest suit – at first remained reassuringly true.
Peering over the top of her black-rimmed specs, she took out double top to make it 1-1.
And when Beaton took the lead, Sherrock summoned the belief to take it to a decider, only for the Bronzed Adonis to hold his nerve in the decider.
An exhausted Beaton admitted: “That was one of the hardest games I've ever had. Fair play to Fallon, she never let go. You wondered if she could keep it up and she did.”
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