A spectator who was kicked out of a live darts match for looking like Jesus has become a celebrity on the sport’s professional circuit – and is being swamped by autograph-hunters.
Bearded Nathan Grindal shot to fame after he was ejected for distracting players when the crowd started chanting “Jesus” at him during a televised game.
He has now become a cult figure among fans and was greeted with applause from the crowd at the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace in London.
Nathan, 33, later posed for pictures with a group of ten fans who came dressed as Bully from the TV quiz show Bullseye.
The gardener, of Abingdon, Oxon., said: “I went to the Ally Pally to watch the darts, and loads of people there wanted pictures with me.
“It was brilliant – so much nicer that I didn’t get kicked out.
“People were chanting ‘Jesus’ and everybody was having a great time.
“Bully is an iconic darts figure and Jesus is an iconic religious figure so it was nice to bring them together, even though I went as myself, not Jesus.”
Nathan was kicked out of the Cash Converters Players’ Championship at Minehead, Somerset, earlier this month.
Play between Phil Taylor and Kim Huybrechts was disrupted when chants of ‘Jesus’ spread through the rowdy crowd.
He was escorted out by security and ended up watching the remainder of the game on TV in a local pub.