Darts has had its fair share of controversies. From accusations of cheating to match-fixing scandals, the sport has seen some shocking incidents. Let’s dive into some of the biggest scandals in darts history.

🎯 Key Takeaways:

  • Darts has seen numerous controversies, including cheating and match-fixing.
  • Infamous scandals involve Justin Pipe’s Coughgate, Phil Taylor’s controversial victory, Gary Anderson’s farting accusation, various match-fixing cases, and Luke Littler’s cheating allegations.
  • These scandals remind us of the importance of integrity in sports.

😷 Coughgate Scandal: Justin Pipe

In the 2017 World Darts Championship, Justin Pipe was accused of coughing at his opponent, Bernie Smith, during a crucial moment. Although the intention was unclear, Smith missed his shot, and Pipe won the match. Sky Sports commentator Wayne Mardle called Pipe’s behavior “despicable,” and Pipe was fined £3000 by the Darts Regulatory Authority (DRA). Despite Pipe’s claims that the incident was blown out of proportion, he faced significant backlash from fans.

🎯 Phil Taylor’s Controversial Victory

Phil Taylor, a 16-time world champion, faced a major controversy during the 2013 World Matchplay quarter-final. Taylor appeared to hit a game-winning double-12, but replays showed it was outside the wire. The referee missed it, and Taylor collected his darts. Although there was a public outcry, the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) did not pursue the incident, as neither the referee nor Taylor’s opponent noticed it during the game.

💨 Gary Anderson’s Farting Accusation

In a 2018 Grand Slam match, Gary Anderson was accused by Wesley Harms of farting to distract him. Anderson denied the accusations, stating he did not fart during the match. The PDC chairman joked about investigating, but the true culprit was never confirmed.

🕵️‍♂️ Match Fixing in Darts

Match-fixing has plagued darts as well. Notable cases include Gilbert Ulang’s intentional loss in 2017, and the suspensions of Kyle McKinstry, Wessel Nijman, and David Evans for similar actions. More recently, Prakash Jiwa and Jack Main faced suspensions for their involvement in match-fixing during the 2023 MODUS Super Series.

🏆 Luke Littler’s Cheating Allegations

Young star Luke Littler faced cheating accusations during the COVID era due to his dominant online performances. Despite the doubts, Littler proved his skill by winning his first senior title at the Irish Open in 2021, silencing his critics.

These scandals have left a lasting impact on the sport, highlighting the need for strict regulations to maintain fairness and integrity. Stay tuned for more updates on the world of darts! 🎯✨

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