James Maddison involved in furious exchange with Neal Maupay after Brentford star copies darts celebration

James Maddison had a furious exchange with Neal Maupay after the Brentford star copied his darts celebration during the Premier League clash between the two sides.

Maupay put Thomas Frank’s side 1-0 up in the first half at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – his fourth goal in four consecutive games in all competitions.

He celebrated by mimicking the throw of a dart in front of the camera, along with team-mate Ivan Toney.

It appeared to be a direct dig at Maddison, who is a darts fan and has performed the celebration on a number of occasions after scoring for Spurs this season.

But the England international, it is fair to say, didn’t like it – and cameras showed he was involved in a physical altercation with the Frenchman after the goal.

Maddison patted Maupay on the head shortly after the goal, indicating that he had taken the celebration in a good spirit.

But a comment from the forward appeared to rile the Spurs midfielder, whose facial expression quickly changed to one of anger as a jovial Maupay walked away from the scene.

Maddison is a huge fan of darts and is regularly seen at some of the sport’s biggest events.

He was pictured at the 2024 World Darts Championship final earlier this month, and invited 17-year-old sensation Luke Littler, who reached the final of the event, to his own box at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to watch a game.

Maddison spoke to Sky Sports’ Emma Patonin 2022 about why he uses the darts celebration

The then Leicester star explained: “The first time I did it was Newcastle away, and it was during the Worlds.

“It was very much a topic of conversation, and me and a few of the lads – Jamie Vardy, Luke Thomas and Harvey Barnes – we play darts all the time.

“Every away trip we get the board up when we’ve got time to kill and we play. I’ve got a board at home and I practice all the time.”