Luke Littler’s opponent took to social media to apologise during his Premier League Darts match.

Darts star Ricardo Pietreczko has posted a grovelling apology on social media to Luke Littler after squaring up to the 17-year-old during their Belgian Darts Open semi-final. The German player nicknamed ‘Pikachu’ was furious at his opponent for attempting an unconventional finish, storming up to his face before exiting the stage.

 

 

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Littler defeated Pietreczko 7-3 on Sunday to set up a blockbuster final with Rob Cross, before going on to hit a nine-darter and claim a maiden title on his Euro Tour debut.

 

After the semi-final, 30-year-old German Pietreczko had accused Littler of what he perceived to be “arrogance” for trying a 147 checkout via triple 19, double 20 and bullseye, but the Englishman’s second dart fell off the board.

 

“So I appreciated him a lot that you can play such a game at such an age,” Pietreczko reacted on his Instagram story shortly after being defeated by the World Championship finalist. “But I hope the arrogance punishes him.”

 

 

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Four days later and two hours before Littler defeated Michael van Gerwen in Nottingham on Thursday as he returned to Premier League action, Pietreczko took to Instagram once again to apologise: “Hi fans! I wanted to apologise for my behaviour on stage in Wieze.

 

 

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“And usually I am also a fan of fancy checkouts. Looking forward to the Pro Tours in Germany next wee! Thank you for your support! Yours Pikachu :)”

 

After returning back to England with his first Euro Tour title, Littler explained that he was not sure what Pietreczko had said to him after furiously shaking his hand in defeat, but that he knew a target was on his back.

 

“In that game, I just didn’t know what I did wrong,” Littler said. “I think, ever since I burst onto the scene, every player wants to beat me. Even my family and my manager have said I’ve always got to be on my A-game because anyone who plays me now, it’s a cup final for them.”

 

Gideon Canice

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