Gerwyn Price has been handed a record £21,500 fine and a suspended three-month ban for his behaviour at the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts.
Price defeated two-time world champion Gary Anderson in the 2018 Grand Slam final to seal his first major televised title, but it proved to be one of the most controversial clashes in darting history.
The pair clashed and exchanged words throughout an ill-tempered final, with Price repeatedly celebrating wildly in Anderson’s face, while ‘The Flying Scotsman’ responded by pushing his opponent away in the penultimate leg of the contest.
‘The Iceman’ triumphed 16-13 to become the first Welshman to win a televised PDC major, but both players were referred to the Darts Regulation Authority and Price was found to be ‘in breach’ of DRA rules after a hearing earlier this month.
Price was handed three separate fines amounting to £21,500 for his behaviour throughout the cross-code event in Wolverhampton, with the DRA revealing that the Welshman’s conduct ‘drew an unprecedented number of complaints from members of the public’.
The 33-year-old was fined £12,000 for bringing the sport into disrepute and gamesmanship’ against Anderson in the final, whilst he received an £8,000 fine for the same offences in his quarter-final showdown against Simon Whitlock. Price was also fined £1,500 for subsequent posts on social media and warned as to his future behaviour.
The world number seven has also been handed a three-month ban. suspended for six months until July 11, 2019. Therefore, if Price were to be found guilty of any further breaches during that time frame, a three-month suspension will take effect immediately.
The DRA’s statement read: “The committee found that Mr Price had brought the sport into disrepute by his actions and that they amounted to gamesmanship in his matches with Mr Whitlock and Mr Anderson. Mr Price’s actions were very serious and went beyond what was acceptable in his celebrations and he was overly aggressive in his behaviour in his matches.
“It was decided that his actions were a cynical attempt to put off his opponents to gain him an advantage. These actions were in the Quarter-Final and Final of a prestigious televised event and drew an unprecedented number of complaints from members of the public.
“In making the decision on sanction the Committee took into account that in October 2017 Mr Price was found to be in breach of the rules for gamesmanship involving the use of aggressive behaviour. The Committee also took into account that Mr Price had previously been fined and warned as to his future behaviour regarding an inappropriate social media post.”
Anderson was found to be in breach of DRA rules when he pushed Price during the closing stages of November’s final and he subsequently received a formal warning. Nevertheless, the Scot escaped any further punishment as the DRA deemed the push to be ‘non-aggressive’ and noted that he was ‘significantly provoked’ throughout the contest.
Both players have a period of 14 days to appeal against the decisions of the tribunal, while Anderson and Price will next collide on February 28th, as they kick off proceedings on Night Four of the Premier League at Exeter’s Westpoint Arena.
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