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The importance of giving clear reasons in sports disciplinary decisions: lessons from the Gerwyn Price decision

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019 By Victoria Brown

This year saw the Darts Regulation Authority (DRA) give out its highest ever sanctions, namely fines of £8,000 and £12,0001 to Gerwyn ‘The Iceman’ Price for unsportsmanlike behaviour during the quarter-final and final respectively of the 2018 PDC Grand Slam.

In July, the appeal panel dismissed Mr Price’s appeal on breach, but upheld his appeal against the quantum (level) of sanction. This article reviews Mr Price’s case and discusses what lessons might be learned. Specifically, this article will:

  • reflect upon the decision and why guidelines for sanctions are so important;
  • consider the consequences of Mr Price’s approach to his appeal; and
  • suggest some practical takeaway points.

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Victoria Brown

Victoria Brown

Victoria is a civil and commercial barrister at Outer Temple Chambers with a particular focus on pensions, employment, commercial and financial services disputes.
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