GARY ANDERSON has let rip at his fellow darts pros, insisting: “There are not many left in this tournament I respect.”
The angry double world champ claims too many are driven by ego and has told them to pipe down and stop demanding respect without first achieving anything in the game.
The Flying Scotsman has previously clashed with his World Cup partner Peter Wright. And only last month he publicly called Welshman Gerwyn Price a “circus clown”.
After his 4-1 third-round PDC World Championship win over his 63-year-old “hero” Paul Lim at Ally Pally, Anderson, 47, declared: “There are players who need the fame.
“Look at Paul Lim and what he has achieved in the game.
“There are players who come on the floor and want respect. And yet Paul is 63 and playing great darts. That deserves respect.
“The rest of you can whistle Dixie. Paul conducted himself like a gentleman, unlike some players these days.
“There are not many left in this tournament I respect.
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“Me? I don’t care. I would rather be in the shadows in the background. They want it. Well, have it, enjoy it.”
Anderson, who celebrated the birth of daughter Cheylea River with partner Rachel in October, has a date in his mind when he will retire.
The Scot refuses to reveal what age he will be when he packs it in but he says he wants quality time with his family.
Anderson said: “I will be missing the European events next year. Those are over 13 weeks.
“I have two young kids now. I don’t want to be away and miss them saying ‘Daddy’ for the first time or walking for the first time.
“I have done it before with my other two kids. I won’t do it now. And if I have to shovel grass into a truck at the end of a week to get paid, I will do it for them.”
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Anderson, the world No 3, had lost only once in 20 World Championship appearances having been champion in 2015 and 2016 and runner-up last year.
He said: “I was shocked and surprised by the seeds that went out.
“It showed you that 2017 and maybe 2018 has been a bad year for seeds.
“Some players get luck and carry it on for a long time. But otherwise in darts the best player usually wins. It’s as simple as that.”