Premier League Darts bans Gerwyn Price from repeating headphones stunt

Gerwyn Price has been BANNED from wearing headphones or industrial ear protectors when the Cazoo Premier League opens in Belfast on Thursday.

The 'Iceman' and former world No.1 stunned the darts industry when he resorted to dustbin-lid earphones to blot out hecklers and booing fans for a set in his PDC World Championship defeat by German giant Gabriel Clemens on New Year's Day.

But Daily Star Sport can reveal the Professional Darts Corporation board has ratified a revised wording of the rule governing noise abatement devices. And 2021 world champion Price, who threatened never to return to Alexandra Palace after his torrid experiment, will have to leave his 'cans' at home.

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Under new playing regulation 5.17.4 of the Darts Regulation Authority rulebook, it now reads: “Players are not permitted to wear earphones, headphones or headphone-type ear defenders during the throw at the bull prior to the match or during matchplay.”

There is, however, one legal avenue still available for Price to blot out the boo-boys – which has also been used by veterans Raymond van Barneveld and Mervyn King. The rule also states: “The use of ‘in-ear’ ear plugs is permitted.”

Darts royalty and three-times world champion John Lowe accused Price of turning the sport into a “pantomime” with his headphones stunt.

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And Sky Sports pundit John Part was so stunned by the Welshman's strategy that he admitted: “I was already feeling low with a bit of a bug. That kind of woke me up a little – I thought I’d taken too many drugs.”

Price will be included in the Premier League's eight-man cast for 2023 unveiled by the PDC on Monday morning. The top four in the order of merit are automatic picks, with the other four selected by Sky and the PDC board.

Van Barneveld's climb back up up the rankings at 55 years old in 2022 came too late to make the cut. Two other Dutchmen, Danny Noppert and Dirk van Duijvenbode, were understood to be under serious consideration.


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