Matt Porter balks at visa problems of Perez and Cadby but can't do anything for them: ''We don't have that much influence''

Christian Perez and Corey Cadby won a PDC Tour Card at the Q-School early this year, but due to the lack of a working visa, they could not yet be in action on the PDC Pro Tour.

Disappointing, according to Matt Porter, working as general manager at the PDC. ''We haven't seen them six months after they securered their tour card,'' he reveals in conversation with Online Darts. ''Christian we havent heard anything from. As for Cadby, we have heard that his manager Mac Elkin is working hard to get a visa, it's just going through that process.''

With the two missing from the Pro Tour tournaments for the time being, at least two reserve players will be called up through the Challenge Tour each time. ''It's a shame that because at the moment it's two wasted spaces,'' Porter acknowledged.

However, the PDC is in no position to assist the two players. ''We don't have that level of influence, it doesn't work like that. We did submit supporting documentation when required. The DRA have a relationship with the home office. But it's not like we can pick up the phone and ask Immigration to approve these two cases for us.''

Finally, Porter was asked if the PDC will take action in the future against players who do not use their PDC Tour Card. ''We've definitely talked about that, but we don't want to put a arbitrary number like 16 or something like that. Players can also break their arm before the limit is reached. But it's definitely something we're looking at.''

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