Wade set for disciplinary hearing following World Championship outburst

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 9 Jan 2019
Wade looks on (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

James Wade is set to face a disciplinary hearing in the coming weeks relating to his conduct in his Second Round win over Seigo Asada in the recent World Championship.

The reigning European Champion was seen to celebrate directly in Asada's face as he twice came from behind to snatch victory, before stating in his post-match interview that he had wanted to "hurt" his opponent.

Wade, who has been open about his Bipolar disorder in recent years and is a patron of the Bipolar UK charity, issued a statement on social media the following morning, which read: "I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely apologise for my actions.

"Seigo Asada is a great player and I would like to say sorry to him, the fans and the PDC.

"Anyone that has followed my professional career will know that this was very out of character for me and I am disappointed in myself with the way I acted both on the stage and in my interviews after the match.

"I was fighting a battle with myself before I even got on the stage due to a hypo mania episode which can happen to me at any time and no-one is more upset than I am about what happened.

"I would like to again apologise and hope that people can understand how remorseful I am."

The Darts Regulation Authority (DRA) says it has since written to Wade, who has confirmed that he will attend a hearing.

The nine-time televised title winner, who was beaten by Ryan Joyce in the Last 16, could be handed a fine or a suspension if he is found to have breached disciplinary rules.

Meanwhile, the DRA is also reviewing match footage and statements from tournament officials following the controversial Grand Slam final between Gerwyn Price and Gary Anderson in November.

The DRA stated that there are 'a large number of complaints from members of the public that will be considered' and the DRA Chairman will decide as to whether there is a case for either player to answer for a breach of the rules.


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