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  • 13 December 2012, 9:17

Fan kicked out for looking like Jesus

A darts fan was kicked out of a live televised final - because he looked like Jesus.

Nathan Grindal, 33, was enjoying the match between champ Phil Taylor and Kim Huybrechts when some of the crowd noticed the resemblance.

Chants of "Jesus" quickly spread through the 4,500-strong crowd, interrupting play at Butlins in Minehead, Somerset.

Security was called before six bouncers escorted Mr Grindal from the Cash Converters Players' Championship, being shown on ITV4.

Mr Grindal, a labourer, was escorted to a nearby bar where security staff bought him a pint and told him to watch the rest of the final on the telly.

He saw the legendary Taylor win then found himself being asked to pose for signed photos with fans as they left the arena.

Nathan, who emigrated from his native Australia to Oxford six years ago, said: "I didn't go to the darts dressed as Jesus - I went as me.

"It was all very weird and distressing. 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."

Dave Allen, spokesman for the Professional Darts Corporation, said Nathan was ejected to prevent his presence becoming a nuisance to the players.

He said: "There was a lot of chanting of Jesus and I think to avoid it becoming too much of a distraction for the players he was taken by security to another part of the complex."

 

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