Darts fans were raging when a “temporary foul” interrupted Sky Sports’ coverage of the 2022 PDC World Championship on Thursday afternoon.
Luke Humphries lost 3-1 to Chris Dobey in the exciting final game of the tournament when home viewers were barred from watching.
The action at Alexandra Palace has shifted to horse racing, leading puzzled supporters to take to social media.
One of them asked, “Has anyone else’s aerial sports gone from darts to horse racing?” “
“Oi heavens, where are the darts,” asked another.
A third tungsten enthusiast wrote: “Bravo Sky Sports. I didn’t want to watch the Darts anyway!
One observer claimed to have found a way around the problems, tweeting: “Put the heavenly darts on ultra hd.”
However, most were left in the dark as Humphries and Dobey continued to play the fifth set.
The race was also paused and replaced with a Sky error screen that read: “We are so sorry for this temporary foul.”
Minutes passed before the darts returned, when Humphries reduced his deficit to 3-2.
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A disgruntled supporter said: “Sky sports are really playing with my emotions here, work them out.”
“Great sky coverage, switch to Sky sports races at a pivotal moment in the game,” lamented another.
One fan shed light on the unfortunate situation, however, by parodying Wayne Rooney’s tweet in 2012 after Whitney Houston’s death.
They wrote, “Sky Sports Darts are dead. RIP, you will live forever. I can’t believe it. I want to run towards you. I really can’t believe it.”
After the cover delays, Humphries continued their comeback, breaking Dobey’s throw in the sixth set to tie the score.
The world number 19 broke through 117 to break again in the first leg of the deciding match, but his 30th-ranked opponent immediately fell back.
They ended up in a tiebreaker in which Humphries won, meaning he has advanced to the quarter-finals for the third time in four years.