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Luke Humphries lashes out over ‘Luke Littler comment’ after Michael van Gerwen win


Humphries ended the 17-year-old’s dream run at Alexandra Palace over the winter by coming from 4-2 down to lift his first world title with a 7-4 victory in the final.

Since their maiden clash on the Ally Pally stage, Littler has triumphed over ‘Cool Hand’ four times, including in the quarter-finals of his first-ever Premier League night win last week in Belfast.

Humphries recovered with an incredible performance in the German Darts Grand Prix, thrashing seven-time Premier League champion and three-time world champion Van Gerwen 8-1 in Monday’s final.

After the no-contest, the 29-year-old hailed Van Gerwen, insisting they were the world’s two best players and that they would face off in many finals in the future.

On Tuesday, a story on the talkSPORT website titled his comments as if he had directly snubbed Littler. A post on X to plug the story read: “Luke Humphries doesn’t see Luke Littler as his world no.1 rival.”

Humphries was unhappy with how his words of praise for Van Gerwen were framed, and a day later, he took to the platform to hit back.

He wrote: “One thing that really annoys me since the World Championship is all these media outlets spouting absolute rubbish about the players!!

“Never once did I say this?? As a high-profile media outlet… You should really do better!”

Humphries didn’t mention Littler once in his praise for Van Gerwen, who is currently second in the PDC Order of Merit.

“The way I’ve played this weekend is the levels you have to be to win – that’s how crazy the game’s got, and that’s how good you have to be to beat the likes of Michael,” the Premier League leader after Monday’s final.

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