Burnham-On-Sea darts star Gary Anderson has received a ‘formal warning’ following a heated incident with fellow player Gerwyn Price during a tournament last year.
Gerwyn Price has been fined £21,500 for his Grand Slam of Darts final spat with Gary Anderson last November.
Anderson was given a formal warning but escaped any further punishment as it was deemed that he was the target of extreme provocation during the heated incident at the Grand Slam of Darts final.
Two-time world champion Anderson squared up to Price and was unhappy with what he thought were over-exaggerated celebrations from Price, which it appeared were aimed at putting Anderson off his game.
Both had been referred to the Darts Regulation Authority, who have hit Price with a hefty punishment for his behaviour in the final and in his quarter-final match.
A Darts Regulation Authority statement said: “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.”
“The Committee found that Mr Anderson was in breach of the rules when he pushed Mr Price during the GSOD Final.”
“The Committee’s view was that Mr Anderson was significantly provoked during the match by his opponent that resulted in what is clearly a non- aggressive push by Mr Anderson on Mr Price.”
“It is the view of the Committee that it is not acceptable for a player to lay hands on another player, irrespective of the provocation.”
“The sanction imposed on Mr Anderson is a formal warning.”
Both players have 14 days to appeal the decision of the tribunal.