Taylor urges Darts Regulation Authority to “stop punishing players”

The 16-time World Champions remains busy on the exhibition circuit (credit:Taylor Lanning)

Phil Taylor has urged the Darts Regulation Authority to stop handing out fines to players for what he describes as “having a personality”.

Taylor, the most successful player in the sport's history, retired from professional competition in January 2018 but remains active on the exhibition circuit.

The 58-year-old regularly competes against the sport's current crop of stars and has revealed he still keeps an eye on the latest affairs within the PDC.

Sanctions against players by the sport's governing body have made headlines throughout the season so far, with Gerwyn Price's record tally of fines dating back to Last November's Grand Slam swiftly followed by financial penalties imposed on the likes of Mickey Mansell and James Wade.

And with Daryl Gurney also set to face the wrath of the DRA following his clash with Gerwyn Price in the Premier League earlier this month, Taylor believes disciplinary action needs to be less severe.

"I don't dislike it, it gets people talking," Taylor told Live Darts.

"For any promoter, like Barry Hearn, the best thing is for anyone to be talking about darts.

"It's not great for the player because they're the ones getting fined, they get fined and Barry Hearn makes more money, that's how it goes unfortunately.

"Gerwyn Price, for me, is doing exactly the same as everybody else, I don't think he's doing anything different.

"James [Wade] is James, he just plods along and gets on with it, he's playing the best darts I've ever seen him play.

"You want them to have a personality so stop punishing them for having a personality.

"It's great for the crowd, it's great for the general public and great for people talking and writing about darts so leave them alone, let them get on with it."

While 'The Power' continues to dismiss any talk of a competitive comeback, he has revealed he will re-install a practice board at his home ahead of some exciting new engagements. 

He added: "My game's not as good as it was because I don't practice, but I'm going to put my practice board back up because I've got a few things in the pipeline so I'm going to start practicing.

"Young Matthew [grandson] is finishing school this year, he's starting college so he's going to come up and practice with me."




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