Callan Rydz blasts "death threat" after losing in German Darts Championship
Callan Rydz has hit out at an internet troll who sent him a death threat after losing in the German Darts Championship.
Rydz made a name for himself in December after reaching the quarter-final of the world championships at Ally Pally.
The Newcastle thrower has been tipped for the top, but things didn't go his way in Hildesheim at the weekend.
Entering at the second round stage, Rydz made a quick exit after a 6-0 whitewash defeat to Mensur Suljovic.
It was a night to forget for The Riot, who averaged just 73 on his way to a devastating loss.
Rydz held his hands up at the performance on social media as he revealed one troll had sent him a death threat.
He wrote: "Christ I know I was awful like but there’s not a need for a death threat just because I lost someone a bet.
"Sorry I know am better than that but Christ."
Darts fans were taken aback at the vile death threat and inundated the responses with messages of support for the young star.
One person said: "Everyone has days where it just doesn’t go mate, even the best in the business. Report and block then move on."
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Someone else added: "What is wrong with people Callan?! Social media is toxic. You’ve made great strides the last year. All the best for this year."
A third person commented: "You are one the best up and coming players in the world, you will win majors and will become world champion one day! Forget them and carry on as you are!"
Rydz's conqueror, Mensur Suljovic, only made it through one more round before losing out Jonny Clayton, who in turn was dumped out by Daryl Gurney.
Gurney lost in the semi-finals to Rob Cross ,who found Michael van Gerwen too strong in the final as the Dutchman continued his resurgence with another tournament win.
"I've been working for this for a really long time and it means a lot to me," said Van Gerwen, who jumped back up to third on the PDC Order of Merit following his victory.
"To win a [European Tour] tournament again feels absolutely phenomenal. I keep fighting and I never give up. I'm not done yet!
"Everyone knows I love to play tournaments in Germany – the crowds have been absolutely fantastic, and it means the world."
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