DONCASTER, England, (UPI) — A spectator was removed from the crowd at a darts tournament in Britain when his resemblance to Jesus caused the crowd to chant toward him.
“Stand up if you love Jesus,” the crowd chanted.
The Professional Darts Corporation said Nathan Grindal, 33, was escorted to another part of the venue to watch the match between Phil “The Power” Taylor and Belgian opponent Kim Huybrechts when members of the 4,500-strong crowd at the Cash Converters Players Championship in Doncaster, England, began their chant, The Mirror reported Thursday.
Grindal said he did not find the incident amusing.
“It was distressing. I was emotionally distraught. The crowd were bullying me and picking on me. It would have been OK if security hadn’t made a fuss getting me out,” he said. “In his post-match interview, Phil Taylor said something like, ‘If I ever see Jesus again, I’ll crucify him myself.’ Now that’s just hurtful.”
Kim Huybrechts, who lost the match, signed Grindal’s program after the incident.
“To Jesus. Hard luck mate,” he wrote.
A spokesman for the Professional Darts Corporation said officials worried the chants would be distracting to the players.