An Australian darts fan was brought close to tears when he was kicked out of a televised tournament in England because the crowd was taunting him over his Jesus-like appearance.
Footage has emerged of a crowd of up to 4500 people chanting "Jesus" at 33-year-old Nathan Grindal at the darts championship tournament in Somerset, England on Sunday, December 2.
The match between darts legend Phil 'The Power' Taylor and Kim Huybrechts was interrupted as security guards removed the bearded fan from the venue to stop the chanting, fearing it would upset the competitors.
Mr Grindal, who moved to England from Australia six years ago, said he was taken to a nearby bar and was told to watch the rest of the final on TV.
"I didn't break down crying but I did get emotionally distraught," he told the Daily Mail.
"They were bullying me and picking on me, saying that I was someone else."
Mr Grindal said he felt security guards had discriminated against him based on his appearance.
"It would have been OK if the security hadn't made a fuss by getting me out of the arena," he said.
"I was evicted for something I have no control over. I feel discriminated against."
The darts fan said he was worried about watching a tournament live again.
"In his post-match interview, Phil Taylor said something like, 'If I ever see Jesus again, I'll crucify him myself'," he said.
"Now that's just hurtful."
Professional Darts Corporation spokesman Dave Allen said Mr Grindal was ejected to stop his presence becoming a "distraction" for the players.
'We want everyone who comes to have a good time and we do not want one fan to become a problem for the players and possibly affect play," he said.