Vincent van der Voort ruled out of the World Darts Championship with Covid-19

Vincent van der Voort has been withdrawn from the 2021/22 World Darts Championship after testing positive for Covid-19.

Van der Voort was due to face James Wade in the Third Round on Monday evening, but has returned a positive Covid test and is therefore out of the competition.

As a result, Wade will receive a bye into the Last 16 – where he will face Joe Cullen or Martijn Kleermaker.

Van der Voort had defeated Adam Hunt 3-0 in his opening contest on December 21.

The Dutchman, who remained in the UK over Christmas, has become the second player to test positive for Covid-19 during the tournament, with Raymond van Barneveld having also tested positive following his Second Round defeat to Rob Cross last week.

Spain’s Juan Rodriguez withdrew prior to the tournament following a positive test.

Monday’s evening session at Alexandra Palace will now feature just two matches: Gerwyn Price v Kim Huybrechts followed by Jonny Clayton v Gabriel Clemens.

Van der Voort apologises for confronting referee following World Matchplay defeat

Vincent van der Voort has issued an apology to referee Kirk Bevins following an angry outburst at the conclusion of his Quarter-Final match against Glen Durrant on Friday.

Van der Voort was beaten 18-16 by Durrant in a tense tie break and his emotions spilled over at the end of the match following an earlier incident which saw Bevins disallow a dart by the Dutchman due to an underarm throw.

The foul occurred in the 22nd leg with Van der Voort, leading 12-9, having gone inside on double nine before releasing his final dart underarm in a manner of frustration.

Official rules state that “all darts must be deliberately thrown in an overarm fashion” and Bevins immediately declared the foul and the reasoning behind the call.

Durrant went on to win the leg before completing the comeback to reach his second successive Betfred World Matchplay Semi-Final.

Van der Voort vented his anger towards referee Bevins, pointing and exchanging words before departing the stage at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.

He took to Twitter the following morning to issue an apology to Bevins and wish Durrant well for his Semi-Final against Dimitri van den Bergh.

“Having seen footage and spoken to people I need to apologise to Kirk the referee as I thought he complained that I stepped over the oche and this is why I reacted at end of the game,” Van der Voort tweeted.

“He actually complained that I threw the dart not correctly, which I now know.

“Also to Glen, he took advantage of my fall of concentration with the incident allowing him back into the game, for that he did well and best of luck in today’s game to him.”

Durrant is now bidding to reach his first PDC major final, while the other Semi-Final sees 2018 World Matchplay champion Gary Anderson take on 2019 runner-up Michael Smith.