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Phil Taylor considers quitting darts

Phil Taylor celebrates his win Photo: PA

Stoke darts legend Phil 'The Power' Taylor has said he is considering quitting the sport after the final of the World Darts Championship.

In a TV interview he said "At the minute, I could just walk away tomorrow night and retire - go out on top really".

Taylor says he is not feeling well at the moment and he clearly acted uncharacteristically after winning his semi final against old rival Raymond van Barneveld. Taylor had won 6-4 but after the post match hand shake an angry exchange ensued.

Taylor has since apologised.

I reacted, to be honest with you, disgracefully. I am ashamed of myself and I feel terrible. I have texted Raymond and I have spoken to him and there is nothing else I can do really, only apologise for it. It will never happen again.

– Phil Taylor talking to Sky Sports
Raymond van Barneveld was held back by security Credit: PA

It's all been something of an unwanted distraction as Taylor prepares for his 16th World title on New Years Day.

His opponenent Michael Van Gerwen knocked out another star from Stoke - Adrian Lewis. The defending champion was humbled in the quarter final, which finished 5-4. This is Van Germen's first appearance in the final of the World Darts Championship, and despite being ranked 7th as opposed to Taylor's 1st, he'll hope to repeat his victory over Lewis against Stoke's other darts superstar.