Justin Pipe has been fined £3,000 for coughing while his opponent was throwing for a match double during the recent PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace.
Pipe found himself at the centre of an alleged cheating scandal last month after appearing to cough while his First Round opponent – Bernie Smith – was throwing for a match double.
New Zealand’s Smith subsequently missed the double ten and went on to lose the match in a tie break seat, with Pipe setting up a Second Round tie against Phil Taylor, which he went on to lose 4-0.
Pipe’s case with brought before the the Darts Regulatory Authority, the sport’s governing body, on Monday January 8.
He was found guilty of ‘gamesmanship’ and’ bringing the sport into disrepute’ and was consequently fined £3,000 and received a formal warning as to his future behaviour.
In a statement published in the aftermath of the incident, Pipe vigorously denied claims of cheating, stating: “I would never do something to put another player off and Bernie didn’t say anything to me on the night.
“As far as I’m aware there is no issue from his side and this has been blown out of proportion.”
The Taunton thrower has also been fined £250 for swearing on live TV during an interview with ITV4 at last November’s Players Championship Finals.
All players have the right to appeal to sanctions under DRA Rules.