Michael van Gerwen burst out crying at the press conference on Friday after his victory (3-1) over Jelle Klaasen in the first round of the World Cup darts in London. The defending champion said he hated his countryman because of a past event.
Klaasen was sentenced to a 16-hour community service in 2012 and a fine of 400 euros for having sent a number of nude photos of himself to a minor girl. Van Gerwen revealed on Friday that the girl in question is his family.
"If someone sends something like that to my wife's sister, while she was fourteen and has a disability, you will break. I will never be able to give it a place and I will never forgive him," says Van Gerwen about Klaasen.
"It happened a long time ago, but it's all coming up again. Jelle and I were so close to each other in the past. We saw each other five days a week, did everything together. That's about of course. I like him not to the bone. "
Michael van Gerwen and Jelle Klaasen played a loaded game at the Alexandra Palace. (Photo: PDC / Lawrence Lustig)
Van Gerwen and Klaasen did not shake hands
Van Gerwen and Klaasen did not shake hands on the podium before and after the match. They walked past each other and did not want each other to look at each other. Fans at the Alexandra Palace and television viewers did not know exactly why. Van Gerwen feared criticism because of the apparently unsporting behavior and therefore felt called after the game to open a book.
"Jelle does not deserve respect, so I am not going to give him a hand. I think that the people who accuse me of unsporting behavior are doing well now that they know what has happened in the past," said Van Gerwen.
"I thought it would be easier for myself, but it was very hard for me to face him. I was constantly thinking about it. I definitely didn't want to lose from him and that is why this win is so important to me. "
Klaasen was also asked after the match about the events on stage, but he didn't want to respond to anything.
See also: All results and the schedule of the World Cup darts in London