Darts Regulation Authority (DRA) Suspends Kyle McKinstry

Kyle McKinstry of Northern Ireland has been suspended for eights years by the Darts Regulation Authority (DRA) for two match-fixing events and for refusing to supply the governing body with his phone records.

A six-and-a-half-year ban for match-fixing was given to McKinstry, in addition to an unprecedented 18-month suspension for failing to send an itemised phone bill to the DRA.

In August, when he was first suspended, the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) found ‘suspicious betting’ conduct in some of the games in which he had played between May and April.

A statement was posted on his Facebook account by former BDO World Championship quarter-finalist McKinstry, which read: “I made a bad error of judgement at a bad time in my life. This is something I will regret for the rest of my life and I hope this is a catalyst for anyone else in a bad position.

“I am going to work hard and keep my head down and hopefully put this behind me and come back bigger and stronger.”

During the ‘A Night at the Darts’ series, which McKinstry lost 5-0, he confessed to fixing a match against David Evans of England to a disciplinary committee. Also under investigation was his 5-1 loss at the hands of Wessel Nijman of the Netherlands.

Nijman was also suspended in October for five years for violating anti-corruption laws, although there is no evidence that the incident involved Evans.