Scott Williams is one of the stars of the World Darts Championship so far thanks to his antics on and off the oche.
The Lincolnshire thrower headed to his first PDC Worlds following an outstanding year which has seen him win a Players Championship event and top the Challenge Tour Order of Merit. He also appeared at the Grand Slam of Darts and the Players Championship Finals.
Williams took that form to the Alexandra Palace, where he overcame Ryan Joyce 3-1 in a high-quality match on Sunday night. It was a perfect evening for the 32-year-old.
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That was until he accidentally swore during his live interview after the match, forcing Sky Sports reporter Polly James to apologise to viewers.
Speaking about his next match against practice partner Rob Cross, Williams said: “I've been practicing with Rob recently and he's been playing like he did when he won the Worlds [in 2018]. But I've beaten him before, I beat him when we on the Pro Tour so he knows I can win.
“He is going to up to this with the same professionalism as I am. We are f***ing really good mate… Oh, sorry.”
After James’ apology, Williams quipped: “I can't afford another DRA [Darts Regulation Authority] fine!”
Williams took to social media on Monday to joke that he was considering setting up a standing order to the DRA after his latest faux pas.
“Might see if the DRA will let me set up a Standing order for each month, which allows me to swear on TV every couple of months [thoughtful face emojis],” he tweeted.
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Williams was already in hot water with the DRA after jokingly aiming a double middle-finger salute at Luke Humphries following their match at the Grand Slam in November.
An investigation was launched and Williams could be hit in the pocket with a fine. Addressing that incident during an interview with Daily Star Sport ahead of the tournament, Shaggy said: “I’m just waiting for the correspondence from them regarding a fine or a warning. It was a heat-of-the-moment thing, it was nothing malicious.
“I’ve had a good laugh with Luke about it and practically every player I’ve seen since has laughed about it and flipped me off, saying ‘is that how you say hello now?’.”
He added: “It was silly of me to do it, I know that. I didn’t even realise I’d done it until afterwards. It’s not completely forgotten about but I can assure you it won’t be happening again.”
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