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.
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:
- For Bringing the sport into disrepute and gamesmanship in the GSOD Quarter-Final Mr Price is to pay a fine of £8,000
- For Bringing the sport into disrepute and gamesmanship in the GSOD Final Mr Price is to pay a fine of £12,000
- 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.
- 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
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
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
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, 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.
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