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Sports promoting supremos Barry and Eddie Hearn were met with a chorus of boos as Newcastle hosted the final night of the regular Premier League darts season.
Hearn senior was the long-time chairman of Matchroom Sport and the PDC, which runs the Premier League, and has been central to the explosion in popularity of the sport over the last 20 years.
He stepped down and into semi-retirement last year, becoming president of the Matchroom group in an advisory role and handing the reins over to son Eddie, who has spearheaded Matchroom’s boxing division for a number of years. Eddie has become an a hugely prominent individual in boxing and sports promotion in his role.
The camera flashed to the dad and son duo early in the third match of the night between Michael van Gerwen and Michael Smith. Surprisingly, given their role in the sport, particularly Barry's, they received some boos from the north-east crowd, but they took it in good spirit and eventually broke into smiles.
“Look at those two,” said Wayne Mardle on commentary. “Eddie Hearn and Barry. Barry was one the one with the grey hair” while fellow commentary Mark Webster asked: “Which was getting the boos?”
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They may have been aimed at Hearn junior, who has received unfavourable crowd reactions at boxing events in the past. While the majority of the play-off line-up had already been confirmed, the pair witnessed some intriguing quarter-finals.
Leader Jonny Clayton edged out Gary Anderson 6-5 despite a strong performance from the Flying Scotsman. In the big match of the night, Joe Cullen defeated Peter Wright 6-4 to secure the final play-off spot in Berlin.
Meanwhile, Michael Smith defeated Michael van Gerwen 6-4 while Gerwyn Price saw off James Wade by the same score.
- Eddie Hearn
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