Adrian Lewis made headlines for all the wrong reasons last week, after an unsavoury incident in a UK Open qualifying tournament.
The two-time world champion was playing against Spain’s Jose Justicia, and frustrations spilled over leading to Lewis physically confronting his opponent.
The reason why Adrian Lewis has been suspended by the PDC, what a wanker. pic.twitter.com/DSmTsBfZIy
— tam sellics son (@gibbygibbo1) February 2, 2018
The PDC acted swiftly, issuing him with a suspension.
Following a review of the incidents which occurred in his match with Jose Justicia at Friday's UK Open qualifier, the Darts Regulation Authority has suspended Adrian Lewis with immediate effect pending a full investigation in to the matter.
The player has the right of appeal.
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) February 2, 2018
Today, Lewis has released a statement, apologising for his actions.
“I deeply regret that my frustrations got the better of me as I felt my opponent was trying to provoke me.
“I realise now that I should have reported any problems to the tournament officials instead of confronting my opponent after the match.
“I would like to offer my sincere apologies to the PDC, the sponsors of the event Coral, my own sponsors who I thank for their loyalty and support, my manager, dart fans and finally my family.
“I would like to say a big thank you for all of that kind messages sent to me from all over the world, and I now just want to put all this behind me and concentrate on playing the game I love and trying to make my way back into the top.”
— Adrian Lewis (@jackpot180) February 8, 2018