A further two referees have announced their resignations from the BDO within the last 24 hours as the uncertainty surrounding the organisation continues.
Antony Dundas and Marco Meijer have both confirmed they will step down from their roles as match referees just days after Master of Ceremonies and Head of Referees Richard Ashdown announced his shock resignation.
Dundas joined the BDO in 2012, refereeing at seven Winmau World Masters and seven Lakeside World Championships, as well as the British Open and the BDO World Trophy.
In a statement on Facebook, Dundas posted: ‘The time has come to let everyone know that on Tuesday morning, with the heaviest of hearts, I resigned my position on the refereeing team of the BDO.
‘It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make but I feel it was the right one.
‘To the BDO Boards, both past and present, thank you for the opportunities and experiences you have given me. I wish you every success for the future.
‘To everyone that has given me words of encouragement, support and advice over the years, in person or on social media, I cannot thank you enough for your kindness. The same goes for all my family and friends too. Thank you all for your patience and your understanding.
‘Finally, a massive thank you to the BDO’s players both past and present. For the trust you all put in me, the respect you have shown me and the enjoyment and excitement you have given me, I cannot thank you all enough.
‘Although I have stopped refereeing with the BDO, I will still be continuing my duties at other events over the UK and further afield. I will be at Selsey in September and will be attending the British Open as a player and paying punter.’
Dutch referee Meijer, who also joined the BDO in 2012, announced his departure on Twitter:
On Saturday, Richard Ashdown revealed
he has stepped down from his role as Master of Ceremonies and Head Referees for the British Darts Organisation with immediate effect.
Ashdown, 40, joined the BDO team in 2013 having previously worked as a ‘spotter’ for the BBC during their Lakeside coverage from 2002 onwards.
Affectionately known amongst fans as ‘Little Richard’, Ashdown was MC for six BDO World Championships having first attended as a fan back in 1994.
However, Ashdown revealed via social media that he has left the BDO but will continue to work with affiliated organisations such as England Darts and the WDF.
It is also rumoured that senior referee Nick Rolls could also be set to follow his long-term colleagues out of the exit door.
The BDO is in the midst of a transitional period under Chairman Des Jacklin, with the Finder Masters having been removed from the calendar and the World Trophy narrowly saved with just over a month to spare.
Venues are yet to be confirmed for both the World Masters in October and the World Championship in January, with another large influx of players expected to attend PDC Qualifying School in a bid to earn a coveted Tour Card.
The BDO posted a statement wishing Ashdown well for his future endeavours but are yet to comment on the departures of Dundas and Meijer.