Former footballer banned from darts for two years for match-fixing

June 10, 2024

Former footballer Jack Main banned from darts for two years for match-fixing

Phil HaighPublished Feb 19, 2024, 10:51pm

Jack Main has been banned from darts until the end of 2025 (Picture: X/_onlyjack10)

Jack Main has been given a two-year ban from darts after being found guilty of match-fixing by the Darts Regulation Authority.

The 27-year-old was on the PDC tour from 2021-22 but dropped off and has since been competing in amateur darts, on the PDC Challenge Tour and Modus Super Series.

The DRA has found him guilty of fixing the outcome of a match against Lisa Ashton in June 2023 in the Modus Super Series, a game he lost 4-0.

He was suspended in November and has now been banned until 31 December 2025.

A DRA statement read: ‘On 11th December 2023 the DRA Disciplinary Committee heard the case against Jack Main where he was charged with fixing the outcome of his match with Lisa Ashton Ashton, played on 9th June 2023 in the Modus Super Series Event.

‘The Committee found that he was in breach of the DRA Betting Rules 2.1.2 and 2.1.3.’

On the punishment Main faces, the DRA announced: ‘Jack Main has been suspended from attending or competing in DRA governed events until 31st December 2025 and to pay £762.41 in costs.

‘He has the right to appeal the decision of the Disciplinary Committee.’

The DRA stated: ‘There is no suggestion that Lisa Ashton was involved in any way.’ (Picture: Getty Images)

There was a lot of excitement about the prospects of Main, who only took up darts at 20 years old after being forced to give up a football career due to a serious knee injury.

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He quickly made an impact and won a PDC tour card, hitting two 9-darters in two days of Players Championship action in 2022, but his career on the oche is over until 2026.

Speaking about his footballing background in 2021, he told the Eastern Daily Press: ‘I played for Norwich as a young lad. When I got released I went to Lowestoft – I was on the verge of signing for their first team when I got injured.

‘I snapped my kneecap in three places. I’ve got three screws in my knee now and they took my cartilage out. My knee was an absolute goner.’

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