The Professional Darts Corporation have issued a statement regarding allegations levelled at Jelle Klaasen during Night Seven of the PDC Unibet Home Tour on Thursday.
The former world champion advanced as group winner via legs difference following wins over Gavin Carlin and Gabriel Clemens, although the Dutchman became the source of social media controversy surrounding a 70 checkout in his clash against Clemens.
Some fans questioned whether Klaasen’s dart at tops found its requisite target, although the 35-year-old refuted any accusations of foul play on social media and his claims appear to have been backed up courtesy of footage posted by fellow PDC Tour Card holder Matthew Edgar.
However, as the social media speculation continued, the PDC issued the following statement last night. “One of the unique features of the Unibet Home Tour is that players report their own score to a central graphics operator/statistician.
“All competing players are contracted to adhere to the Darts Regulation Authority’s rules and code of conduct, which includes acting with integrity and not bringing the sport into disrepute.
“Some viewers felt that there was a degree of doubt in whether Klaasen’s winning double 20 in the second leg was in the correct segment. However, the PDC is satisfied that the video clip below reinforces the player’s call that this was in the double 20 bed, and considers the matter closed.”
The innovative live-streamed competition began last week and Klaasen is one of eight players to progress to the last 32, with Dave Chisnall and Jonny Clayton also among the early winners. However, Peter Wright, Gerwyn Price and James Wade all failed to progress through their respective groups.
The action continues over the weekend, as world number five Michael Smith begins his campaign on Saturday evening, before current Premier League star and former UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall features on Sunday.
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