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Des Jacklin threatens legal action against John O’Shea over World Masters trophy

Former BDO Chairman Des Jacklin seizes World Championship trophy

Jamie Shaw in BDO Darts News 19 Feb 2021
The BDO World Championship trophy

Controversial former BDO Chairman Des Jacklin has seized the World Championship trophy from Wayne Warren following a police investigation.

Warren had been in possession of the prestigious trophy since becoming the last ever BDO World Champion at London’s Indigo O2 in January last year.

After racking up a staggering £468,000 loss during the last financial year, BDO Enterprises Ltd subsequently entered liquidation in May 2020, effectively bringing the curtain down on more than 40 years of darting history.

The liquidation marked the end of the road for longstanding major tournaments including the World Masters, World Trophy and World Championship, leaving only the county and youth systems.

By September, the UKDA had acquired the entire county system after it had displayed a vote of no confidence in the BDO.

The BDO made no formal acknowledgement of the acquisition.

Following a slump in ticket sales and failure to attract sponsors, the prize fund for the 2020 BDO World Championship was slashed by almost 60 per cent for the men’s tournament and ten per cent for the ladies event.

Men’s champion Warren received just £23,000, the lowest winner’s cheque in more than 30 years.

Warren, who is now the reigning MAD World Champion, insisted he had no intention of handing over the trophy, however police intervention has forced the proud Welshman to part with the famous silverware.

Jacklin posted the following message on Facebook on Friday evening, which has since been deleted:

A later post by Jacklin appeared to accuse Warren of theft, adding: “I’ve just blocked and deleted over 100 people that think it’s ok to be a thief.”

Several players and pundits have responded angrily to Jacklin’s remarks, criticising the controversial former Chairman’s conduct and his nine-hour round trip to collect the trophy during lockdown.

Canada’s Dawson Murschell said: “Block me too then. Ran amateur darts into the ground and you’re worried about a damn trophy that you can’t even put a tournament on for.

“He is the reigning BDO World Champion so the trophy belongs with him. End of. Until you can put another world championships on – you’re the thief.”

Former Lakeside semi-finalist Robbie Green added: “Essential travel to South Wales to pick a trophy up?”

Paul Nicholson tweeted: “I don’t quite have the words for this right now. They will come to me.”

Jacklin is also pursuing the World Masters trophy from champion John O’Shea – against whom he had threatened legal action last October.

He penned a direct letter to O’Shea which was leaked on social media, stating that O’Shea had signed a contract for the return of the trophy and that he had “several screenshots” of O’Shea’s social media posts in which he vowed to keep the trophy.

O’Shea remained adamant he planned to keep the trophy until it can be returned to a “fully functional organisation”.

The World Darts Federation (WDF) is set to launch its own World Masters and World Championship, while MAD (Modern Amateur Darts) will continue to host its own events and offer amateur players the chance to compete for various title belts.

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