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Taylor in rage after bust-up with Mason

From the Belfast Telegraph

Phil Taylor has hit out at the rival players he claims are jealous of the rewards yielded by his astonishing success.

‘The Power’ was speaking after his Ladbrokes.com World Championship third-round match against Chris Mason, which he won 4-0, spilled into open hostility after the duo exchanged angry words on stage.

The needle had started when Mason was quoted in a national newspaper expressing his dislike for Taylor and accusing the 13-time world champion of being arrogant and materialistic.

In his post-match interview on Sky Sports, Taylor claimed his opponent had sworn at him at the end of the match – describing what was said as ” filth” – and threatened to walk away from the sport because he did not want to put up with such behaviour.

The 46-year-old will be back in action today though, bidding for a semi-final place against qualifier Darren Webster, and will probably be even more fired up than usual due to the events of the last 24 hours.

As he marched on towards world title number 14, Taylor, who recently splashed out £100,000 on a new Bentley, claimed he has to endure jibes from other players because they envy the spoils of his success.

“I’ve had it for years off the players, it’s silly,” said Taylor.

Read the entire article at The Belfast Telegraph.

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