DRA Referrals

Darts Regulation Authority Results from Hearings

The Darts Regulation Authority took the decision in 2012 not to publish details of cases. This decision was reviewed at the DRA Board Meeting in October 2014 and the decision was that from the start of the 2015 season, cases dealt with by the DRA Disciplinary Committee will be reported on this website.

In 2012 the DRA Disciplinary Committee dealt with 48 referrals in 2013 there were 31 referrals and up until December 2014 there have been 40 referrals for potential breaches of the DRA Rules.

New Rules for 2014

In 2014 new offences were introduced of players withdrawing from events once they had entered with a fixed penalty fine system for dealing with it. The reason this was introduced is that late withdrawals cause problems to the PDC and for players who were unable to enter the events. Late withdrawals can cause there to be an incomplete field and for players to gain advantage by having a bye to the next round.

The relevant terms and conditions are outlined in the PDC 2014 Rules at rule 4.14:

4.14      Players who wish to withdraw from a tournament they have entered must do so in writing to the PDC prior to the closing date if they wish to apply for a refund of their entry fee, which will only be considered with the support of a doctor’s certificate (not self-certified) or in the event of a serious family issue with supporting evidence.

              Players who enter but decide not to travel, or wish to otherwise withdraw from an event, are requested to inform the PDC as a courtesy.

              Players who enter and then subsequently withdraw from a ProTour or Premier event after the cut-off date will receive standardised fines from the DRA which will increase with each offence and may result in a suspension.

              For clarity, these fines will be as follows for 2014:

                First offence:                      £250

                Second offence:                £500

                Third offence:                    £1000

                Fourth offence:                 DRA referral

 

Archive 2011-2012

Cases referred between 7th February 2012 and 31st August 2012

The Darts Regulation Authority has received 25 new referrals in this period and has completed 24 cases.

The 25 cases consist of 24 cases contrary to section 4.1 of the DRA Rule Book and 1 case of failing to mark contrary to section 5.18.05.
24 cases contrary to section 4.1 of the DRA Rule Book, Code of Conduct:
‘No Player or Member shall act in a manner which may reasonably be considered
to injure or discredit the DRA or bring the game of darts into disrepute.’

These cases relate to drunken behaviour leading to complaints made regarding the disgusting state that hotel rooms were left in at a tournament, drunken and abusive behaviour, 2 cases of players failing to complete a match, abusive and violent behaviour, swearing to camera on live TV, swearing at the conclusion of a match, inappropriate behaviour during a match/tournament, inappropriate behaviour towards a PDC Official, throwing darts away and 2 cases of throwing water over the crowd.

The penalties levied were: fines of between £100 – £1,000. In addition to the fines, one player was suspended from playing in 3 European events, 3 players were suspended from part or all of a tournament weekend, one player received a 3 month suspension suspended for 6 months and 4 players were also warned as to their future conduct.

Three cases were considered and not proceeded with due to insufficient evidence to show a breach of the rules and 5 cases where the DRA did not have jurisdiction as the players were not PDC members. In the latter cases the 5 players were warned as to their future  behaviour.

In addition, 7 warning letters were issued to players regarding their future conduct.

One case of abusive and aggressive behaviour after a match is ongoing.

One case of failing to mark contrary to section 5.18.05 of the DRA Rule Book:

Players should be in attendance at their assigned Match board when their match
is due to be played and when they are due to mark a Match. Failure to do so
may render the Player liable to disqualification or disciplinary action at the
absolute discretion of the Tournament Director’.

The player was fined £100.

 

Cases referred between 10th August and 6th February 2012

The Darts Regulation Authority has received 14 new referrals in this period and has completed 17 cases. All 33 cases referred in 2011 have now been concluded.

The 17 cases consist of 14 cases contrary to section 4.1 of the DRA Rule Book, 1 case of calling out/gamesmanship and 2 cases of failing to mark contrary to section 5.18.05.
14 cases contrary to section 4.1 of the DRA Rule Book, Code of Conduct:
‘No Player or Member shall act in a manner which may reasonably be considered
to injure or discredit the DRA or bring the game of darts into disrepute.’

These cases relate to abuse of a fellow player, disruptive behaviour, drunken behaviour, failing to complete a match, a physical altercation between two players, swearing to camera on live TV, offensive gestures, repeated exclusion zone incursions, throwing darts away, throwing water over the crowd, failing to follow player instructions and inappropriate postings on social networking sites.

The penalties levied were: fines of between £200 – £600, one as an imposed suspended sentence and in addition to the fines, one player received a 3 month suspension, suspended for 6 months, 5 players were also warned as to their future conduct. Three warning letters were issued to players regarding their future conduct.

Two cases were considered and not proceeded with due to insufficient evidence to show a breach of the rules.

One case contrary to section 4.7 and 5.23.06 of the DRA Rule Book, Code of Conduct:

4.7 All Players, Members and Guests will desist from any behaviour which may reasonably
be construed as gamesmanship before, during or after any Match at any Darts Event.

5.23.06 During Match play, all Players shall remain silent and only the Player at the Oche
shall direct enquiries to the Referee. No prompting shall be allowed by any other Player, any
spectator or any Official.

This case was dealt with by issuing a formal warning as to the player’s future conduct.

Two cases of failing to mark contrary to section 5.18.05 of the DRA Rule Book:

Players should be in attendance at their assigned Match board when their
match is due to be played and when they are due to mark a Match. Failure to do
so may render the Player liable to disqualification or dsciplinary action at the
absolute discretion of the Tournament Director’.
 
The penalties levied were a fine of £100 in one case and a formal warning in the other case due to extenuating circumstances.

 

Cases referred between 6th May and 10th August 2011
 
The Darts Regulation Authority has received 10 referrals for the following breaches of the rules:

Six cases contrary to section 4.1 of the DRA Rule Book, Code of Conduct:
‘No Player or Member shall act in a manner which may reasonably be considered
to injure or discredit the DRA or bring the game of darts into disrepute.’

These cases relate to swearing on live television, abuse of a fellow player, two cases of players failing to complete their matches, failing to follow player instructions and inappropriate postings on Facebook. Five of the cases were found and one case is ongoing.

The penalties levied were fines of between £200 – £1,500, one part suspended and 2 warning letters as to the players’ future conduct.

One case contrary to section 4.7 and 5.23.06 of the DRA Rule Book, Code of Conduct:

4.7  All Players, Members and Guests will desist from any behaviour which may reasonably
be construed as gamesmanship before, during or after any Match at any Darts Event.

5.23.06  During Match play, all Players shall remain silent and only the Player at the Oche
shall direct enquiries to the Referee. No prompting shall be allowed by any
other Player, any spectator or any Official.
This case is ongoing.

Two cases of failing to mark at a youth tour event.

The penalty in each case was a fine of £50. In one case a previous suspended sentence of a 3 month suspension was invoked as a result of 2 new breaches of the rules.

One case of inappropriate behaviour was considered and not proceeded with due to there being insufficient evidence to prove a breach of the rules.
Please note: there have been recent instances of players failing to complete matches. This appears to have been due to frustration on the part of players where they were not playing well. It needs to be made clear that this is not acceptable to other players, to the PDC, to the PDPA, to sponsors or to the betting industry. Although the motivation may be frustration it could be questioned as being match fixing and have an impact on other players’ rankings and their qualification for tournaments. Where a player does not complete a match they will be referred to the DRA for a breach of DRA rules.

It is essential that players compete to the best of their ability at all times and complete matches they are engaged in. 

There have been recent well publicised issues surrounding the use of twitter, facebook and other social networking sites. Players need to act responsibly when using these sites and remember that these are public forums. Inappropriate comments posted relating to other players or various organisations could be seen as harming the reputation of the sport and could lead to a referral to the DRA.

Cases referred between 1st February and 6th May 2011

The Darts Regulation Authority has dealt with seven referrals for the following breaches of the rules:

Five cases contrary to section 4.1 of the DRA Rule Book, Code of Conduct:

‘No Player or Member shall act in a manner which may reasonably be considered
to injure or discredit the DRA or bring the game of darts into disrepute.’

All cases were found and the penalties levied were two suspensions of 28 days and 35 days and fines from £100 – £2,500. In one case the fine was increased by 50% due to non- payment. One player was also strongly warned as to his future conduct.

One case contrary to section 5.23.06 of the DRA Rule Book, Code of Conduct:

‘During match play all players shall remain silent’

This case was found and a fine of £200 was levied.

One warning letter was sent to a player regarding his future conduct regarding marking.
Please note that the responsibility rests with players and members to ensure that their contact details are up to date and accurately recorded with the PDC and PDPA. Where a player or member is charged with an offence the notification will be considered served where an e-mail is sent to his or her registered e-mail address or a letter to their registered address.

The DRA will notify the PDPA when a player is referred to the DRA.

Where a fine is levied, if it is not paid within the time allowed the Penalty will be increased by 50%. Failure to pay the fine by the due date without prior dispensation from the DRA may constitute a further offence. Should you fail to pay the fine you may be immediately suspended from all DRA sanctioned events until the DRA Disciplinary Committee sits to hear the circumstances of your default. You will not be eligible to enter any DRA sanctioned tournament merely upon the payment of any outstanding fine.