Phil Taylor last night threatened to walk away from darts after his grudge match against Chris Mason at the World Championship spilled over into hostility.
Mason had been quoted as saying he does not like the 13-time world champion and accused him of being arrogant and materialistic.
The comments fired up Taylor, who eased to a 4-0 victory, but, at the end, angry words were exchanged between the players, with Mason clearly unwilling to let his opponent walk off stage until he had said what he wanted to say.
Taylor described what Mason had said as "filth" and claimed he would rather quit the game than have to put up with any more slurs on his character.
"At the end he 'effed and blinded' at me," said Taylor. Asked what he could do about it, he replied: "I'll just walk away. Keep the game."