Remembering when Adrian Lewis stormed off stage during PDC World Championship match in 2005

2017 William Hill PDC World Darts Championships - Day Nine

The controversial news this week that saw two-time PDC champion Adrian Lewis being suspended with immediate effect has sent shockwaves across the sport.

The 33-year-old was involved in a heated confrontation with Spaniard Jose Justica during the pair’s meeting in the quarter-final qualifier of the UK Open.

Security had to intervene and separate the players after they bumped into each other at the oche, leading to a hostile response from Lewis who then aggressively shoved Justica.

However, Lewis is no stranger to controversy and GiveMeSport has decided to remind everyone of the time he stormed off the stage during his PDC World Championship quarter-final against Peter Manley in 2005.

Lewis, just 20 years old at the time, walked off after accusing his opponent Manley of trying to distract him as he was about to throw.

So, what exactly happened? Watch the video below and reach your own conclusion.

The then 43-year-old Manley, who ended up beating Lewis and progressing to the semi-final, had dismissed the claims and suggested instead that Lewis just wanted someone to blame as he had not been on the top of his game.

This was not the first time that Manley had been accused of gamesmanship, though, as he had built up a reputation following his encounter with Dennis Smith in the third round of the competition where he had changed his shirt to deliberately keep Smith waiting.

Even darts legend Phil Taylor, who was Lewis’ practice partner at the time, called for action to be taken if Manley was proved guilty of using unfair tactics.

“If I’ve done wrong, I’ve done wrong and the governing body can put me in line,” Manley said at the time.

So does Lewis have a history of being a hothead and a sore loser, or has he been unlucky enough to have been provoked by a sporting injustice on more than one occasion? Let us know in the comments below!

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