Barry Hearn awaiting DRA verdict on controversial Grand Slam of Darts final

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 20 Nov 2018
Price celebrates as Anderson looks on (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

PDC Chairman Barry Hearn says the Darts Regulation Authority will review incidents from the Grand Slam final before deciding whether to take disciplinary action against Gerwyn Price or Gary Anderson.

Price claimed his first major title with a 16-13 win over Anderson in Sunday's final - which was overshadowed by a number of flashpoints between the two players.

Anderson became visibly riled by Price's passionate celebrations, with the pair exchanging words and in one instance, physical contact, on the stage.

The final has already proved to be one of the most talked-about matches in the history of the sport, with many calling for action to be taken, and Hearn says the DRA are set to review the footage.

"Disciplinary action falls outside my remit completely, that comes under the DRA (Darts Regulation Authority) that handles all the disciplinary matters," Hearn told Sky Sports.

"We have forwarded a copy of the programme and statements from our tournament directors.

"They're looking at it because it's very much in keeping with our policy to make sure the sport remains entertaining.

"The idea of celebrations is not taboo, it's probably more encouraged than taboo, we want to see the passion and see what it means.

"The question the DRA will have to answer is: Did Gerwyn Price step over that line of celebration to the point of gamesmanship? 

"And the secondary question, which I'm sure Mr Gilmour [Anderson's manager] won't be so happy to see is: Did Gary Anderson infringe on the rules by entering the exclusion zone before the other player had taken his darts from the board?

"That, again, is a rule infringement as laid down in the player's conditions.

"So we may well find that this piece of drama, which has certainly made it exciting and controversial, without condoning, we may find it has a bit more to run yet.

"There's going to be lots of statements and lots of questions flying around to both sides."

DRA rule 3.3 states: 'Players shall, at all times (i.e. whether at a tournament or not), behave in a proper and correct manner consistent with their status as professional sportsmen.'

Rule 5.7.11 states: 'The non-throwing Player must not enter the exclusion zone behind or at the side of the Oche until the throwing Player has completed their Throw.'

When asked if he thought Anderson could be punished for entering the exclusion zone, Hearn offered: "Absolutely, he certainly infringed on the rules.

"As it says in black and white on the player's conditions, you're not allowed to be in that exclusion zone behind the oche until the other player has taken his darts out of the board.

"But the bigger question probably is - did Gerwyn Price overreact on his celebrations to the point of gamesmanship? 

"Or is it a question of - let's put down the handbags, learn from it and move on. 

"The great thing is, of course, those guys are going to play again and there's going to be some excitement and atmosphere in the place and let's hope it all keeps sensible.

"We will wait until the observations of the DRA and their recommendations and as the governing body, we will follow those recommendations.

"I don't want to pre-empt what they're going to say but I always have this great opinion and hope that common sense rules."


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