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The DRA signs Data-Sharing Agreement with Malta Gaming Authority

The Darts Regulation Authority (DRA) has today announced a landmark new data sharing partnership with the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA).

Both organisations will cooperate in cases of unusual or suspicious betting activity around darts events, further strengthening the DRA’s existing anti-corruption measures.

The agreement follows the announcement earlier this week of an agreement between the MGA and the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, helping to align the organisations in the battle against anti-corruption in the respective sports.

Nigel Mawer QPM, DRA Chairman said: “The Darts Regulation Authority performs an important role in keeping darts safe from corruption and match fixing. This new partnership with the MGA will go a long way towards helping the DRA protect the sport. It sends a clear message that the DRA has the worldwide ability to detect and prosecute players who breach the Betting Rules and damage the sport.”

Antonio Zerafa, MGA Sports Integrity Manager said: “The COVID-19 pandemic altered the very foundations of sports betting. However, these unprecedented circumstances did not diminish our ambitions towards meeting and partnering with new sport governing bodies such as the Darts Regulation Authority. Through this agreement which we have signed we are very much looking forward to helping the DRA fulfil their obligation to investigate cases of sports betting related corruption.”

Learn more about the MGA HERE.

Learn more about the DRA’s Anti-Corruption strategy HERE.

COVID-19 lockdown

The DRA will remain fully functional during the current lockdown. All meetings and any hearings will be conducted using video conference technology. Any queries or issues will be dealt with in the normal course of business. 

DRA List of Registered Agents 2020

The updated list of Registered Agents can be found here. Please note that this list does not include new applicants who are in the process of going through the application process.  

Dave Jones appointed as a Director of the DRA

The DRA are very pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Jones as a Director. Dave served as a senior detective in the Metropolitan Police for 28 years and for the past 6 years has worked in the private sector as the Head of Investigations with the Good Governance Group. He has extensive experience in investigations in the public and private sectors. He is a welcome addition to the DRA Board and he will lead on Player anti-corruption education, anti-doping and he will become a member of the DRA Disciplinary Committee.

Jake Marsh steps down as a Director of the DRA

Jake Marsh has decided to step down from the DRA Board as of 1st December 2019. Jake has worked with the DRA since 2017 and was instrumental in setting up the education program working closely with the PDPA. He has worked hard during his time with us and has sat on numerous DRA cases as a member of the Discplinary Committee. The DRA wish to thank Jake for his service and wish him well in the future.

The DRA and Gerwyn Price

On 5th August 2019 the DRA Appeals Committee delivered its final decision on the appeal by Gerwyn Price against the decision of the DRA Disciplinary Committee. The Appeals Committee was made up of three independent members; John Mehrzad, Tarik Shamel and James Harms.

The DRA statement can be found here

The Appeals Committee finding on the appeal can be found here

The Appeals Committee decision on costs can be found here

The 2019 list of Registered Agents

The 2019 list of DRA Registered Agents can be found here

The DRA Rules are now available in German and Dutch

The German translation of the DRA Rules can be found here

The Dutch translation of the DRA Rules can be found here

The DRA and Gerwyn Price and Gary Anderson – Press statement

At a hearing that took place on 11th January 2019 before the DRA Disciplinary Committee, Gerwyn Price was found to be in breach of the DRA Rules in the Grand Slam of Darts (GSOD) Quarter-Final match with Simon Whitlock played on 16th November 2018 and the and in the GSOD Final match with Gary Anderson played on 18th November 2018. He also admitted to a breach of the DRA Rules for putting inappropriate posts on social media.  Gary Anderson was found to be in breach of the rules for pushing his opponent in the GSOD Final.

Gerwyn Price

The Committee found that Mr Price had brought the sport into disrepute by his actions and that they amounted to gamesmanship in his matches with Mr Whitlock and Mr Anderson. Mr Price’s actions were very serious and went beyond what was acceptable in his celebrations and he was overly aggressive in his behaviour in his matches. It was decided that his actions were a cynical attempt to put off his opponents to gain him an advantage.

These actions were in the Quarter-Final and Final of a prestigious televised event and drew an unprecedented number of complaints from members of the public.

In making the decision on sanction the Committee took into account that in October 2017 Mr Price was found to be in breach of the rules for gamesmanship involving the use of aggressive behaviour. The Committee also took into account that Mr Price had previously been fined and warned as to his future behaviour regarding an inappropriate social media post.

The sanction imposed on Mr Price is:

  1. For Bringing the sport into disrepute and gamesmanship in the GSOD Quarter-Final Mr Price is to pay a fine of £8,000 
  1. For Bringing the sport into disrepute and gamesmanship in the GSOD Final Mr Price is to pay a fine of £12,000
  1. In relation to 1. And 2. Above Mr Price will also be suspended from attending or competing in DRA sanction events for a period of three months. This will be suspended for a period of six months until 11th July 2019.
  2. For inappropriate posts on social media Mr Price is to pay a fine of £1,500 and warned as to his future behaviour.

This means that should Mr Price be found guilty of any breach of the DRA Rules up to and including the 11th July 2019, the Disciplinary Committee will, unless there are extreme mitigating circumstances, impose the three-month suspension in addition to any penalty for the new offence

 Gary Anderson

The Committee found that Mr Anderson was in breach of the rules when he pushed Mr Price during the GSOD Final. 

The Committee’ view was that Mr Anderson was significantly provoked during the match by his opponent that resulted in what is clearly a non- aggressive push by Mr Anderson on Mr Price. It is the view of the Committee that it is not acceptable for a Player to lay hands on another Player, irrespective of the provocation.

The sanction imposed on Mr Anderson is a formal warning.

Both Players have 14 days to appeal the decision of the Tribunal

DRA Rules Revised for 2019

The DRA Rules have been subject to a review and have been significantly updated for 2019 to reflect the modern sport. The revised rules will be posted on the website soon. The revised DRA Rules for 2019 can be found here.

DRA Registered Agents Renewal Process 2019

All DRA Registered Agents are required to renew their registration by 31st January 2019. The renewal application form can be found here and the letter to explain the process can be found here.

DRA Chairmans’ Report 2018

The DRA Chairman’s Report 2018 can be found here.

Grand Slam of Darts Final

The DRA can confirm that the PDC has referred the Grand Slam of Darts Final for investigation.

The DRA will review match footage and statements from tournament officials. There have also been a large number of complaints from members of the public that will be considered. The DRA Chairman will decide as to whether there is a case for either Player to answer for a breach or breaches of the DRA Rules.

Neither the PDC nor the DRA will be making any further comment regarding this match whilst it is subject to the DRA Disciplinary process.

DRA Disciplinary Case of Note

In February 2018 Gilbert Ulang and Masumi Chino were found to have a  case to answer in relation to the manipulation for betting purposes of their respective matches with Kevin Simm and Tengku Shah at the PDC World Championships at Alexandra Palace in December 2016. A hearing was held in London on 23rd May 2018 and on 5th June 2018 Masumi Chino was found not to be in breach of the DRA Betting Rules.

Gilbert Ulang was found that he had breached the DRA Betting Rules by manipulating the outcome of his match with Kevin Simm played on 18th December 2016 for betting purposes. On 14th August 2018 The Disciplinary Committee suspended Gilbert Ulang for a period of seven years from 18 December 2016 until midnight on 17 December 2023. He was also ordered to pay £2,500 as a contribution towards costs of the DRA.  There is no suggestion whatsoever that his opponent Kevin Simm was aware of the match manipulation that took place.

The full finding of the Disciplinary Committee can be found here.

The full decision on sanction can be found here.

DRA Registered Agents

The up to date list of DRA Registered Agents is available here.

DRA Registered Agents Renewal Process

All DRA Registered Agents are required to renew their registration by 31st January 2018. The renewal application form can be found here and the letter to explain the process can be found here.

Jake Marsh appointed as a DRA Director

The DRA are very pleased to announce the appointment of Jake Marsh as a Director. Jake has extensive experience in player education, sports investigations into anti-doping and match-fixing for betting purposes. He has worked with various Sport Governing Bodies and is currently the Head of Integrity for an international sports media and content organisation. He is a welcome addition to the DRA Board and he will become a member of the DRA Disciplinary Committee.

Val Pallister

Val Pallister, who has been a long-time director of the DRA, has stepped down from her role as a director.

Val joined the DRA in 2004 after a long history with the sport. Since 1980 she has been involved with darts both at County and International level. Val was a former Chair of Gloucestershire County Darts Organisation, an England Selector and Director of the British Darts Organisation.

The DRA would like to thank Val for her valuable contribution to the sport of Darts over many years and for the insight and support that she has given me since I became Chairman in 2011. We wish Val, Mike and her family all the best for the future.

Chairmans’ Report 2016

The Chairmans’ Report 2016 can be viewed here.

Managers/Agents Renewal Extension to 31st January 2017

The Agents Registration renewal process is underway and the final date for renewal has been extended until 31st January 2017. Any Agent who has not renewed by that date will have to reapply for registration.

The renewal process is explained here

The renewal application can be found here

Chairmans’ Report 2015

The Chairmans’ Report 2015 can be viewed here.

Managers/Agents Regulations – Update 1st February 2016

The DRA Agents Regulations came into force at midnight 31st January 2016. This means that any person carrying out “Agency Activity” as defined by the Agents Regulations must be registered. Any player using an unregistered agent to carry out such activity will be in breach of the DRA Rules and where applicable, their players contract with the PDC. Any persons carrying out “Agency Activity” on behalf of a player must register with the DRA as soon as possible or the players that they represent may face sanction by the DRA Disciplinary Committee.

“Agency Activity” is defined as: acting in any way and at any time in the capacity of manager, agent, representative or adviser to a Player, either directly or indirectly, in any aspect of the negotiation, arrangement or execution of any kind of commercial arrangement including any sponsorship arrangement.

Manager/Agents Regulations

Update 5th January 2016 – Change of implementation date

Due to the removal of the “Exempted Individual” category it has been decided to change the implementation date of the Agents Regulations to the 31st January 2016.

The final version of the Agents Regulations is available here

The final version of the Agents Declaration form is available here

The application form is available here

The letter with a step by step guide as to how to complete the process is here

 The news archive can be found here.