Wayne Mardle hits out at the DRA following Mickey Mansell fine

Mardle has criticised the DRA's handling of the case (credit:Taylor Lanning)

Wayne Mardle has branded the DRA's decision to fine Mickey Mansell as “nonsense” and believes players need better representation in disciplinary cases.

Mansell was fined £500 by the Darts Regulation Authority for ‘not playing to the best of his ability’ during his First Round clash with Jim Long in December's World Championship.

The left-hander averaged just 75.22 to Long's 75.33 as the Canadian debutant came from a set down to book his place in the Second Round at Alexandra Palace.

Mansell was found to be in breach of DRA rule 3.8, which states: 'Each player shall perform and compete to the best of his ability in each Match and/or Tournament in which he competes and will complete all matches.'

The case comes less than two months after Gerwyn Price was handed a record £21,500 in fines relating to three separate incidents at the 2018 Grand Slam.

Mardle, a former World Matchplay finalist now working as a Sky Sports analyst, believes the DRA needs to offer more clarity on rules which could be open to interpretation.

"There's no consistency with the DRA," Mardle told Live Darts.

"I've said this for a long time, they're kind of making up their own rules as they go along.

"Where I've got a problem with Mickey Mansell's fine is the description of what happened.

"Not playing to the best of his ability - well fine me a million!

"It's really not on. I don't like the wording, you can't put that and think that's okay.

"Why did Mickey put out a statement? I'll tell you why, because the description left it open to interpretation.

"If the DRA nip that in the bud with 'bringing the game into disrepute' - that ends it.

"But the description of not playing to the best of his ability was poor.

"I think it's nonsense and I thought they did half a job."

Mansell released a statement last Friday via the PDPA website, admitting he accepted the sanction and chose not to lodge an appeal.

Mardle, however, believes more should be done to help players challenge sanctions placed on them and that the PDPA is not doing enough to support the players.

"I'm not happy with the DRA at all, but I'm also not happy with the PDPA - they've got to look after the players better," he added.

"I understand they get representation, but it's got to be quality representation.

"There's no point in saying 'we're here for you, we can help you', no, make sure you can help them.

"If there's any stone left unturned because the player doesn't know what to do or what it entails - the PDPA should be pointing me in the right direction.

"I just feel the DRA did it wrong, the PDPA could have done more, but I also feel that Mickey Mansell should have taken a barrister/solicitor in with him.

"I think the appeals process is expensive and if you have been fined two hundred for say an altercation with another player but you feel like you're innocent, there is maybe nowhere to go.

"That's where the PDPA should step in.

"Maybe this happens and we don't hear about it? But I've always felt that the DRA kind of bullies players into paying fines.

"I didn't like it when I played and I don't like it now."




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