Michael van Gerwen branded Mervyn King a ‘disgrace for darts’ after Players Championship game

Michael van Gerwen accused Mervyn King of giving up during their game on Saturday

Michael van Gerwen continued his great start to 2019 by adding another Players Championship victory this weekend.

The Dutchman came through the 128-man field on Saturday, beating Ian White 8-5 in the final.

However, there was drama en route to his win in Wigan.

In his semi-final clash with Mervyn King, the Englishman appeared to give up after going 5-0 down.

This frustrated Van Gerwen, who called him a 'disgrace for darts' after the game.

"He was not even trying [to beat me]. A disgrace for darts," Van Gerwen said of King after winning in the final.

"Things like this should not happen in darts. I always give hundred percent. No one can ever judge me on that.

"If people want to beat me, then they need to push me. For the rest, I don’t care."

You can watch the incident during the match, plus his comments below:

King then took to the Live Darts Facebook page to hit back at the world number one.

"I am going to tell you all this just once and not not going to comment any more on this!" He wrote, per the Metro.

"I found the throw on the streaming boards long as I always do and I hold the dart lower on the barrel to try and gain a little more from it on a throw like that, I also have to throw quicker and more fluent on a long throw or I snatch and they go all over the place that’s how I have to throw on a long throw!

Mervyn King denied that he gave up against Van Gerwen

"I throw exactly the same when I won the Players Championship in Barnsley last year even quicker actually!

"Didn’t hear complaints then but I hit 105 average in the final to win it.

"MVG can say what he likes but he is wrong and he will be told by myself in the morning.

"Just because he is world champ and world number one he does not know everything about everyone so he needs to know what’s happening before opening his mouth!"

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