British darts player Adrian Lewis.

Adrian Lewis issues a statement following heated incident during Coral UK Open

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British darts player Adrian Lewis has broken his silence following an incident during the Coral UK Open Qualifier One on Friday February 2. 

During the quarter-finals of the competition, a series of altercations between the Brit and Jose Justicia led to an intervention from the authorities present there. 

It all began with Lewis getting in the Spaniard's way following a throw and it reignited at the conclusion of the match with the man from Stoke-on-Trent appearing to shove the Valencia native on the chest. 

As a result of the incident, the Darts Regulation Authority released a statement whereby suspending Lewis with immediate effect and promising a full investigation into the matter. 

Although, the body granted the player the right of appeal. 

Adrian Lewis said on February 8: "I am now in a position to issue a statement as the due process has taken place and the Darts Regulation Authority have had their hearing."

"I deeply regret that my frustrations got the better of me as I felt that my opponent was trying to provoke me.

"I realise now that I should have reported any problems to Tournament Officials instead of confronting Jose Antonio Justicia Perales after the match.

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"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, darts fans and finally my family.

"I would like to say a big thank you for all of the kind messages sent to me from all over the world, and now I just want to put this all behind me and concentrate of playing the game I love and trying to make my way back to the top.

Because of the altercation, Lewis has been fined £3,000 and given a suspended three-month ban.

Some may feel Lewis has got off lightly considering he grabbed his opponent by the neck.

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