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Darts Match in Australia Halted as Fans in Fancy Dress Run Riot

Sean Fay@@Sean_FayUK Staff WriterJanuary 10, 2015

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10:  Security and police officers stand guard around a pile of plastic chairs and tables after spectators threw them during the final between Simon The Wizard Whitlock and Mighty Michael van Gerwen during the Invitational Darts Challenge at Etihad Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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Darts match between Simon Whitlock and Michael van Gerwen in Melbourne halted as fans in fancy dress riot. http://t.co/jOPbTBsLhx

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10:  Spectators in fancy dress celebrate in the crowd during the Invitational Darts Challenge at Etihad Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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The crowd at darts matches can often be a little bit boisterous, but we've never seen anything like this. 

A match between Simon Whitlock and Michael van Gerwen in Melbourne, Australia, had to be halted as fans in fancy dress ran riot. 

Fans dressed up as Batman, Robin, English knights, Fred Flintstone, Oompa Loompas and others all got involved in the madness.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10:  Security guards stand around a pile of plastic chairs and tables after spectators threw them during the final between Simon The Wizard Whitlock and Mighty Michael van Gerwen during the Invitational Darts Challenge at Et
Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Police finally arrived to calm the situation, but not before the plastic chairs being used in the main part of the arena were thrown everywhere. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10:  Spectators throw plastic chairs during the final between Simon The Wizard Whitlock and Mighty Michael van Gerwen during the Invitational Darts Challenge at Etihad Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (P
Scott Barbour/Getty Images

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10:  Spectators in fancy dress wrestle during the final between Simon The Wizard Whitlock and Mighty Michael van Gerwen during the Invitational Darts Challenge at Etihad Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.
Scott Barbour/Getty Images

We can't confirm it, but we suspect drinking might have been involved.

[BBC Sport]

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