JAMIE HUGHES was involved in an altercation with referee Russ Bray during the first round of the PDC Darts World Championship on Tuesday.
Hughes, 36, was midway through his match against Jimmy Hendriks when the exchange of words took place.
GettyJamie Hughes was instructed not to swear by referee Russ Bray[/caption]
The Brit went on to lose 3-1Rex
With both players struggling, frustrations started to mount before Bray intervened.
The referee then strictly instructed Hughes not to swear.
The short altercation sparked confusion from viewers as well as Sky Sports commentator Wayne Mardle.
He said: “I really am uncertain what the problem is. You heard Russ Bray saying to Jamie ‘don’t swear’.
“He’s visibly annoyed, whatever it is, but something has absolutely riled Jamie Hughes.”
Hendriks went on to win the match 3-1, but many fans were quick to complain about the poor quality.
One person tweeted: “Jamie Hughes v Jimmy Hendriks one of the worst games I’ve ever seen.”
Another added: “Please can we all agree to never have Jamie Hughes on a World Championship night session ever again.”
A third said: “People that paid into the darts should be giving a free drink after having to sit through that Jimmy Hendriks and Jamie Hughes match.. possibly the worst match ever at the darts.”
While another added: “You’ll struggle to find a worse game and performance from Jamie Hughes. Hopeless.”
The PDC Darts World Championship 2022-23 began on December 15 and it is set to finish on January 3.