Sky Sports have been forced to apologize after darts star Martijn Kleermaker swore twice during his post-match interview at the 2022 William Hill World Championship.
Broadcasting live coverage of the tournament, Dutch underdog Kleermaker faced 13th seed Josh Cullen for a place in the bottom eight of the competition on Tuesday afternoon.
The Netherlands star had already taken a 3-0 lead and looked set to shut out the Englishman with Cullen winning just three innings in the first three sets.
Although the Bradford-born ace fought back at 3-3, forcing a deciding set in which Kleermaker triumphed by four sets to two.
With a 3-2 lead in the last game, “The Dutch Giant” checked 88, with his last dart on target, to reach the last eight of the World Championship in his first appearance at the tournament.
And despite knocking out a ranked opposition, the 30-year-old was clearly not happy with the way he was controlling the game, describing his performance as “s ***” in front of Sky Sports cameras.
“I feel so good, so good,” Kleermaker said in his post-game interview.
“3-0 and then the crowd wanted Joe [Cullen] and I understand because they want a match.
“So I understand, but this target is the best target of my life. “
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“The only thing that I was difficult about was when it went 3-1 and my own set, just keep your own sets.
“That didn’t happen – ahhh shit, just shit.”
The Sky Sports reporter immediately interrupted the interview to apologize for Kleermaker’s choice of language, with the Darts star also expressing regret.
But the swearing doesn’t seem to have upset too many darts fans, with many fans flocking to Twitter to express their glee during the Dutchman’s post-match interview.
“Kleermaker swore on live TV and he didn’t give a fuck,” one fan wrote.
“I don’t know what was funnier, Martijn Kleermaker said ‘s ***’ twice in a row in his live TV interview or followed by ‘That’s no problem for me’ when the apologies were presented on his behalf, ”said another.
As a fan typed: “Lmao Martijn Kleermaker just said ‘shit’ a whole bunch in his post-game interview. I love cursing athletes on TV.”