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The Grand Slam of … Farts? Professional darts world rocked by gassy allegations


The international Grand Slam of Darts competition was hit by controversy this week after Dutch competitor Wesley Harms, 34, let rip (sorry, can’t help myself) at opponent Scotsman Gary Anderson, saying he was affected by the “fragrant smell” Anderson had left as they played.

“It’ll take me two nights to lose this smell from my nose,” Harms told Dutch television station RTL7L.

But world number four Anderson, 47, who won the match 10-2 to reach the quarter-finals, said it was the Dutchman causing the “stink” at the event in Wolverhampton, England.

“Every time I walked past there was a waft of rotten eggs so that’s why I was thinking it was him. It was bad, then he started to play better and I thought he must have needed to get some wind out,” he told the BBC.

Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) chairman Barry Hearn, says the incident was “unique” in his experience of professional darts.

“Something doesn’t smell right. There is nothing worse than a silent fart. This could run and run,” he said.

However, Mr Hearn says there is no intention of renaming the event the ‘Grand Slam of Farts’ as some have suggested.

Personally, we think both players are a bit old to be playing ‘whoever smelt it, dealt it?’

That said, whoever denied it, supplied it.

Gary Anderson and Wesley Harms before their match. Credit: Professional Darts Corporation.

Lauren is a journalist for, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

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