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

Published 12 November 2019 By: Victoria Brown

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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

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

She regularly appears in courts and tribunals and has represented clients in the Court of Appeal, High Court, Employment Appeal Tribunal, County Court and Employment Tribunal. Victoria also has significant international experience, and has worked on cases involving the European Patent Office and the Astana International Financial Centre.

Victoria acts for and against individuals, public authorities, FTSE 100 companies, senior executives, major financial institutions and NHS Trusts.

Victoria regularly provides training and CPD to firms and directly to clients, ranging from seminars to practical tribunal training (see, for example, coverage in The Times). She is a contributor to Lexis PSL and Atkins Court Forms.

Before coming to the Bar Victoria read Law at the University of Durham. She was graded ‘Outstanding’ on the Bar Professional Training Course and received the ‘Most Successful Advocate Award’.
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