Aspinall tells crowd to shut up in stormy Noppert clash at World Grand Prix
Nathan Aspinall was involved in spats with the crowd and his opponent during his dramatic victory over Danny Noppert at the World Grand Prix.
Aspinall appeared to be staring down the barrel of a straight-sets defeat at one stage, but the Stockport thrower fought back to win 3-2 and reach the quarter-finals, where he will face Martin Lukeman.
But the main talking point of the match were the flare-ups between the players, and Aspinall and the crowd at Leicester’s Morningside Arena. Both players were often disappointedly subjected to whistles and boos as they were about to throw. Aspinall became so incensed at one point, he pleaded with a section of the crowd to show some respect.
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That didn’t go down well with Noppert, with the players having words on the stage mid-leg. Then, after Aspinall nailed the match-winning double, it looked as if the players would not shake hands. They eventually did, but not without having another animated conversation on the stage.
“When Danny was starting, there were a few whistles and boos so I was trying to hush the crowd,” Aspinall told reporters after the match.
“When I was 2-1 down, I’m about to throw to make it 2-2… there was a table all night that was supporting Danny. They have the right to support who they want. [But] it got to the point where I’d had enough and I turned around and [said] ‘please, will you just shut up’.
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“It wasn’t just aimed at myself, Danny had had it earlier in the game. We’re different people with different personalities and I just reacted differently. I shouldn’t have reacted the way I did but I did, and I can’t take it back. Danny wasn’t happy with how I reacted and he’s seen his bum at the end, that’s all I can say on that matter.
“He wished me well after the game, he shook my hand. I didn’t think he would, so fair play to him.
“He’s not going to be happy with that defeat, but he was a big man tonight, he took the defeat well. That’s the end of the matter.”
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