Fart-gate row rumbles on as Barry Hearn vows to get to the ‘bottom’ of foul saga

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The hilarious fart-gate saga that has rocked the darting word over the past few days appears no sign of relenting as a third suspect joins the mix as the fallout from the incident continues.

Gary Anderson came out and strenuously denied being the culprit after being accused by Wesley Harms off letting off rotten egg smells whilst succumbing to a heavy 10-2 defeat at the Grand Slam of Darts.

Harms said after the match that the smell was so bad that it would take at least ‘two days to remove the smell from my nose.’

In an interview with Dutch TV after the game, a bemused Anderson said that ‘he swore on his kids lives that it wasn’t him’ and invited the interviewer to smell his bottom in one of the more surreal post-match interviews you are ever likely to see.

Referee Russ Bray, who has been calling the sport for over 22 years, has emerged as a third potential culprit after the players accused each other after Thursday night’s match, but unsurprisingly, he has also come out and denied any involvement, leaving the smelly mystery still very much unsolved.

Barry Hearn, chairman of the PDC, waded in to the row, stating: "We have got to get to the bottom of this."

Clearly conflicted by the finding the whole thing hilarious, but mindful of his role as being the chief guardian of the sport, he told BBC Sport in an interview that: "I guess people wonder if blowing off might constitute advanced gamesmanship.

"Then again, referee Russ Bray was just about within farting distance.

"Something doesn’t smell right. There is nothing worse than a silent fart. This could run and run."

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The bizarre incident appears to be the first time it has happened in professional darts, although there was a similar story in snooker many years ago, which Hearn is also chairman of. 

“It’s the first time I’ve ever heard of such a contentious – almost contagious – incident.

“On a more serious note, this is a top-level competition involving highly skilled sportsmen – so we have no intention of renaming the event the ‘Grand Slam of Farts’ as some have suggested.”

It seems as if fart-gate, with the perpetrator still at large, is going to rumble on like a late night vindaloo.

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