Wayne Mardle reveals he “told” Gerwyn Price to appeal record fine

Sky Sports pundit Mardle has his say (credit:Taylor Lanning)

Wayne Mardle has revealed he urged Gerwyn Price to lodge an appeal against his record fine and three-month suspension.

Price was hit with £21,500 in fines and a three-month ban, suspended for six months, after being found guilty of three separate breaches of DRA rules during the 2018 Grand Slam.

The Welshman went on to claim Grand Slam glory and his first major title with victory over Gary Anderson in a huge controversial final last November.

Price was given 14 days to appeal against the decision of the tribunal, and when asked by Sky Sports following last Thursday's win over Daryl Gurney in the Unibet Premier League whether he had lodged an appeal, he replied: "No comment".

Sky Sports pundit Mardle says he spoke to Price about the situation and urged him to appeal what he believes is an "excessive" fine.

"I've told him to appeal it - I've told him to his face," Mardle told Live Darts.

"You don't accept that, because if he accepts it, it's like 'we're right and you're wrong, don't ever act like that again.'

"We saw him in The Masters and he was an absolute shell of a man, he was beaten by the system, the DRA and the boo boys.

"I like Gerwyn, I've got a lot of time for him, I don't like these robots who play darts.

"I like people who get up there, enjoy it and show whether they're enjoying it or not.

"I said to him "you've got to act like you and if they keep fining you and banning you, you've got to find a way of playing it" and in the Premier League I thought he was absolutely magnificent."

Price averaged 104 in a 7-4 victory over Gurney in Newcastle last week - his first televised win since his Grand Slam triumph and his first ever in the Premier League.

Mardle has criticised the DRA's handling of the case and believes the fine is not relative to the rule breach.

"He got fined for overzealous celebrations that were fined at an opponent," he added.

"It was way over the top in the Grand Slam - that he went on to win - it wasn't because he did that, it was because he was better than anyone else when it mattered.

"The fine excessive? Yes. But it was over three different things.

"Do I think it was overzealous? Yes I do. It's way beyond what anyone's ever been fined before, and if it goes in relation to what a human being has won then they [DRA] have got to be careful.

"Because if something happens in a world final where someone wins half a million and in a couple of year's time - a million - what are they going to start fining then when someone does a minor misdemeanour which is normal 500 quid, is it then 20 or 30 grand for more or less nothing.

"They've got to be careful, the DRA, because they're going down what I think is the wrong road.

"He won 100 grand so for that one event it was the best part of 20 per cent. Did he deserve it? I don't think so."



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