Gary Anderson has been handed a ban which will see him miss the next three European events, including the televised European Championship in September.
The Flying Scotsman has been punished by darts' governing body - the Darts Regulation Authority - for an incident which occurred during the German Championship (European Tour event two) in June.
Anderson withdrew from the tournament midway through his opening round game against Michael Barnard and his conduct following the match was deemed to breach a section of the DRA code.
He is now set to miss the fourth and fifth European Tour events to be held in Sindelfingen and Cologne respectively, but notably will not appear at the European Championship ranking tournament to be held in Muelheim and broadcast live on ESPN.
He is likely to be replaced in the event by the next highest ranked player from outside of the top 16 and not within the top eight of the ProTour or European Tour order of merit. This will be confirmed in due course.
A DRA statement relating to the case read:
"As a result of an incident at the European Tour event in Berlin on June 22 2012, Gary Anderson was reported to the Darts Regulation Authority for a breach of rule 4.1 of the DRA Rule book;
'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'.
"This related to him failing to complete his match and his subsequent behaviour.
"On Friday July 13 2012 his case was heard by the DRA Disciplinary Committee where he was found to be in breach of this rule.
"He was fined £600 and suspended from playing in the next three European events, including the European Championship on September 20-23 2012 at Muelheim, Germany.