SYDNEY (AFP) – Chaos broke out at a darts match featuring the world number one player in Melbourne, with people in fancy dress throwing chairs, spectators slammed into furniture and some people urinating on the floor, witnesses said Sunday.
Fans dressed as Batman, Santa Claus, medieval knights and Oompa Loompas were pictured tussling in local media Sunday, some brandishing chairs while others lay on the ground, and still more cheering and yelling.
The incident erupted as Dutch world number one Michael van Gerwen was playing Australia’s Simon Whitlock before 4,500 people at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne late Saturday, forcing them to halt their match.
“It was a total disgrace!! I want my $400 back and answers!!!” fan Rosemary Grant said on Facebook, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, adding that alcohol was flowing freely without restriction.
“You could buy as much as you wanted!! Embarrassed for Melbourne and Australia!!! The security was a shambles from the beginning and needs an overhauling!! Still shaking 13 hours later!” she said.
Audience members at the Darts Invitational Challenge told media the violence started when some people in the crowd tried to build a pyramid out of chairs.
Video footage posted on social media showed plastic chairs and some tables being thrown towards a growing pile of furniture in the middle of the audience, as security guards looked on.
One unidentified witness told Melbourne’s The Age: “It was an absolute mess, drunken idiots that were getting bored and looking for a bit of excitement.”