Colin Lloyd believes that Gerwyn Price can now move on from a long-running dispute with the DRA.

After a controversial Grand Slam of Darts win in November, Price was hit with the biggest fine in darts history. The sanctions were appealed and separate fines of £8,000 and £12,000 have now been halved – though a £1,500 fine for social media conduct has been upheld. Lloyd is pleased that the appeal has enjoyed at least moderate success.

“Did he really over-cook it? It was handbags. I thought the fine was a little bit heavy and I’m glad to see that the DRA have halved it,” he told the Darts Show Podcast.

“Someone reported him for his actions and the DRA have to be seen to be doing something. That’s why you have got a Darts Regulation Authority. It’s as simple as that.”

Kicking on

Price admitted that he was not heavily involved in the appeals process, and was instead focusing on his darts. Even still, Lloyd is now looking to Price’s future, which is free of legal wranglings.

“For me now, Gerwyn is a great player. He has proved himself, he’s won open events, he’s won a major, he can push on even more now.

“He’s put his foot down and said no this is wrong, he’s had his words listened to, they’ve halved the fine, there’s been no ban so for me if I was him I’d say I’ve got my point of view across, now I’d just like to focus on my darts and draw a line under it.”

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Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Priorities

Price has had disagreements with opponents both before and after his Grand Slam clash with Gary Anderson. In this year’s Premier League Darts with Sheffield, the Welshman had an altercation with Daryl Gurney. ‘The Iceman’ has openly said that he can be cold towards his fellow professionals – something which Lloyd admires.

“I totally agreed with him when he turned around and said I’m not here to make friends, I’m here to earn money to support my family. He’s just speaking truthfully,” said the former world number one.

“He’s got his friends and his family and if he doesn’t want to be pally pally with anybody that’s entirely up to him.

“Phil [Taylor] used to keep himself to himself. You wouldn’t see Phil milling around in the bar having a few drinks with anyone. Phil just kept himself to himself and that’s probably what made him the winning machine that he was.”

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Author: Ed McCosh