Van Barneveld treated after collapsing at Players Championship event

Raymond van Barneveld required medical treatment after collapsing at Players Championship 8 in Milton Keynes on Friday.

The five-time world champion was taken unwell and required medical assistance shortly after his first-round defeat to Ryan Searle on the fourth and final day of PDC Super Series 2.

The 53-year-old succumbed 6-1 to an inspired Searle, who averaged almost 107 en route to victory, and the Dutchman subsequently collapsed while marking a first-round clash between Jeffrey de Zwaan and Zoran Lerchbacher.

Van Barneveld was attended to by paramedics at the venue but did not require hospital treatment, before he returned to his hotel room to be monitored further.

Play was suspended for approximately one hour while Van Barneveld received treatment, and although the cause of his collapse is unconfirmed, the Den Haag veteran has suffered with diabetes throughout the last decade.

The PDC issued a statement which read: “Raymond van Barneveld received medical treatment following a collapse at Friday‚Äôs Players Championship 8.

“Van Barneveld was defeated in the first round of the PDC Super Series 2 event in Milton Keynes, and later required medical assistance after becoming unwell in the arena.

“He was treated by paramedics but has not required hospital treatment, and returned to his hotel room at the Marshall Arena to be further monitored.

“Play was suspended whilst Van Barneveld received treatment before resuming at 1445 GMT.”

Speaking to the Dutch media about the incident, Barney’s manager Ben De Kok said: “I can’t say more about it yet, everything is still uncertain.”

Van Barneveld only returned to the Pro Tour circuit in February, having initially retired from the sport following the 2020 PDC World Championship.

The five-time world champion enjoyed a fairy-tale; winning his first ranking title in eight years at Players Championship 3 last month, less than a fortnight after regaining his Tour Card at Qualifying School.

Image Credit: Chris Dean/PDC

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