Officials of the British Darts Organisation will meet their lawyers after former world No 1 Mervyn King became the fifth player in 12 months to walk out on them and join the rival Professional Darts Corporation.
The 40-year-old, from Great Yarmouth, reached the semis of last month’s World Championships and is contracted to play in next year’s event. (from www.thisislondon.co.uk)
BDO spokesman Robert Holmes said: “I respect Mervyn as a player and a friend, but we all are disappointed what has happened.
“He looked me in the eyes at our world championships and said he would not be leaving. I still believe he was telling the truth at the time. But he is part of a team whose sponsor has seen the three Dutch players leave.
“We are meeting with our lawyers to see where we stand. Mervyn reached our semis which means which we would expect him to honour his agreement and return for our world championships.”
King, 40, twice a Lakeside runner-up, said: “It’s a new challenge for me. I’m looking to further my career and have noticed for a couple of years the strength in depth of the PDC. I want to be a part of that and move forward with it in the coming years.”
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