Painter and Lewis were scheduled to square off at the oche for the quarter final match of the Amsterdam Casino Open Holland Masters, but when their verbal bickering to each other escalated to a more physical confrontation, security ended up escorting Painter out of the area and now both players could face a three month ban from the sport.
Both were disqualified from the event and the incident has been reported to the Darts Regulation Authority.
A tournament official said: “There was a lot of verbals between the players when they got on stage.
“Then it got a bit out of hand as they squared up but it was handbags really — nothing malicious.
“Security manhandled Painter out of the main area.”
The article went on to say that Lewis has protested to the PDC about being disqualified, but as of yet the PDC is refusing comment on the issue.
Recently two other PDC players, Jason Clark and Andy Jenkins, were banned for a year with nine months of the banning being suspended, and should Lewis and Painter face the same punishment, they could miss the US Open, the UK Open, and the Las Vegas Desert Open.