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Former world darts champion Richie Burnett given drugs ban

By Pat Smith

Published 22/10/2015

Richie Burnett has received an 18 month ban
Richie Burnett has received an 18 month ban

Former world darts champion Richie Burnett has been banned for 18 months after testing positive for cocaine.

Welshman Burnett won the British Darts Organisation (BDO) title in 1995 - beating Raymond van Barneveld in the final - but was removed from the 2015 PDC World Championship for "personal reasons".

It has emerged Burnett had failed a drugs test and had an appeal against an 18-month ban - which runs from November 3 2014 to May 2, 2016 - dismissed.

The 48-year-old tested positive for cocaine at a PDC Grand Slam qualifier in Wigan.

Burnett would normally have received a two-year ban, but this was reduced because of mitigating circumstances.

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