Darts star suffers broken shoulder after brutal attack from football thugs after cup final

Darts star suffers broken shoulder after brutal attack from football thugs after cup final

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Stuart Ballard

By Stuart Ballard


Published: 10/05/2024

- 10:34

Updated: 10/05/2024

- 10:48

Kim Huybrechts was supporting Royal Antwerp during their Belgian Cup final clash against Union Saint-Gilloise.

Darts star Kim Huybrechts reportedly suffered a broken shoulder after being attacked following the Belgian Cup final on Thursday evening.

The Belgian No 2 is an avid Royal Antwerp fan and was in attendance for their clash with rivals Union Saint-Gilloise.


Antwerp lost 1-0 to Union with chaos ensuing in the aftermath of the match.

Reports in Belgium claim Huybrechts and his friend Kevin Belmans was caught in the crossfire after a group of 'Brussels youths' as they made their way to a bus.

Kim Huybrechts was attacked after the Belgian Cup final

Kim Huybrechts was attacked after the Belgian Cup final

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It's said that Belman was first attacked with a 'motorcycle helmet' before Huybrechts was tackled to the ground while trying to run away.

The 38-year-old fell down and was repeatedly kicked while on the ground before escaping to one of the buses.

Huybrechts was taken to hospital where it was revealed he had broken his shoulder in two places.

Dutch journalist Matthias De Vlieger shared a photo of Huybrecht's X-ray showing his broken shoulder on social media.

The injury was also sustained on Huybrecht's throwing arm, meaning he'll be out of action for a long time as he's set to undergo surgery.

Huybrechts was set to represent Belgium at the PDC World Cup of Darts next month alongside compatriot Dimitri Van den Bergh.

The incident immediately sparked concerns on whether Huybrechts would suffer a similar fate to compatriot Erik Clarys.

The 55-year-old was ranked 26th in the world rankings back in 2006 when he broke his throwing arm in five places after falling from a ladder.

Kim Huybrechts will undergo surgery on his shoulder

Kim Huybrechts will undergo surgery on his shoulder

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After undergoing 11 operations, Clarys eventually quit the sport altogether.

“We hope that things will go smoothly for Kim, because you wouldn't wish that on anyone,” he said.

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Kim Huybrechts will undergo surgery on his throwing arm

Kim Huybrechts will undergo surgery on his throwing arm

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Earlier this year, Huybrechts was handed a huge fine after complaints were made by Van den Bergh and Mike De Decker.

The Darts Regulation Authority ordered Huybrechts to pay £1,500 while he was also issued a formal warning.

It was alleged that Huybrechts made threatening comments towards De Decker and slapped his rival in the face.

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