‘Ashamed’ Raymond van Barneveld retires from darts with immediate effect

• Former world champion was due to quit at end of year
• ‘I don’t want the pain any more. I’m relieved. I’m done’

The five-times world champion Raymond van Barneveld has announced his immediate retirement from the sport after playing the final Premier League game of his career.

The Dutchman had already been eliminated in Rotterdam before he took to the stage on Thursday but a 7-1 defeat to compatriot Michael van Gerwen convinced him to bring forward his plan to quit at the end of the year.

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