Mickey Mansell has issued a statement via the Professional Darts Players Association revealing that he won’t be contesting his controversial recent fine imposed by the Darts Regulation Authority.
The 45-year-old was fined £500 by the DRA for ‘not playing to the best of his ability’ during his first-round clash at the recent World Championship against qualifier Jim Long.
Although the DRA did not specify the match in name, that was the date of Mansell’s clash against Long, which he lost 3-1 with a 75.22 average as the Canadian recovered from losing the opening set to triumph at the Alexandra Palace.
Mansell was subsequently found to be in breach of DRA Rule 3.8, which states: ‘Each player shall perform and compete to the best of his ability in each Match and/or Tournament in which he competes and will complete all matches’.
The Northern Irishman was one of a number of players fined by the Darts Regulation Authority after the latest batch of hearings were published earlier this week, which included Gerwyn Price’s unprecedented £21,000 fine for his behaviour at the Grand Slam of Darts.
Nevertheless, the fine handed out to Mansell sparked huge controversy on social media, with some high-profile names questioning what constitutes the rule breach and leaping to the defence of the former World Cup of Darts semi-finalist, who won his maiden Pro Tour title in April 2018.
However, Mansell released a statement on Friday afternoon via the PDPA website, revealing that he will not contest the sanction.
The statement read: “In relation to the recent fine that I received from the DRA, I would like to clarify the following as there has been some rumours and innuendos surrounding what the fine was actually for.
“I have been playing darts at a professional level for the last nine years and my ambition has always been to be the best darts player that I can be. I realise that I am very lucky to be playing a game that I love for my profession but this has not come by chance, I have had to put a lot of effort in to get to where I am today.
“I spend a considerable amount of time on the road away from my family during the darts season. I have given my all in every tournament whether that be here at home in Ireland or on the PDC tour and entered with the mindset that if I play my best darts I can compete with anybody.
“My recent fine is both frustrating and disappointing for me not least because I feel that I have let both myself and my family down. This however had nothing to do with lack of effort or desire to do well.
“The only thing that I am guilty of is not playing as well as I know that I can and not capitalising on a good position that I put myself in. There is no suggestion that I did anything that was corrupt and my integrity was not called into question by the PDC/DRA.
“I considered appealing the DRA decision, but decided against this, so the issue could be put to bed and I could move on and continue to play darts to the best of my ability!”
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