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Michael van Gerwen reveals argument with Phil Taylor during semi-final

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It's no question that Michael van Gerwen is a world class dart player, and it appears his interviews are world class too.

The two-time World Champion beat Phil Taylor 16-8 in the bwin Grand Slam semi-finals on Sunday, but it's what he said live on TV that has sent the internet crazy.

During an interview with Sky Sports, Van Gerwen revealed a heated exchange with 'The Power' during a break in play which ended with the eventual Grand Slam of Darts champion calling Taylor a 'knob'.

Taylor had taken exception to the Dutchman celebrating but Van Gerwen gave as good as he got.

"He tried a few of his tricks, what he always does," Van Gerwen told Sky Sports, as per Joe.

"In the break I wasn’t allowed to cheer from my own throw. I don’t know why when I finished a 74.

"What can I say? Honestly, you want to know honestly? I just walked off, had a little nip of my drink.

"He came to me ‘you shouldn’t do this, you shouldn’t do that’.

"I just said ‘you’re a knob’ again, that’s exactly what I said.

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"Then he was annoyed at what I said, I don’t know why but something always happens in-between our games, after or before.

"But I also think it’s our rivalries in our games because we don’t want to lose to each other, we try to present our best all the time.

"Maybe I shouldn’t say it but I still think it was a good game for everyone to watch and that’s what is most important."

Of course, fans took straight to social media to share the moment with world, with Twitter account 'The Dart Guys' posting a clip of the interview with the caption: "Phil Taylor confirmed to be in fact a knob, who knew"

The incident certainly hasn't done The Power's popularity any favours...

After his win over Taylor, the world number 1 claimed the £110,000 top prize by beating Peter Wright in the final in what proved to be a much friendlier clash.

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Adrian Lewis
Raymond van Barneveld
Darts
Michael van Gerwen
Gary Anderson
Phil Taylor

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