Darts: Bristow accused of misconduct

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Eric Bristow faces an investigation into allegations that he caused havoc at a tournament in Belgium - with even his manager admitting the five-times world champion can be "a loose cannon".

Bristow, awarded an MBE for his achievements in the sport, faces an investigation by darts' governing body into reports that he was involved in a fight during the Primus Masters event last week.

Dick Allix, the event director of the Professional Darts Council and also Bristow's manager, confirmed that an incident had taken place at the tournament in Brussels. "We have heard Eric's version, we will listen to what the other British players have to say and then see what the Belgian version is and if they make an official complaint," Allix said. "We will judge the matter accordingly."

Allix said of Bristow, who is touring in Asia: "Eric is not a saint by any means but that's half his charm. If he was bland and uninteresting, darts would be much the poorer. He can be a bit of a loose cannon, yet I would never condone any trouble."

Eddy Knapen, the Primus Masters promoter, claimed Bristow was involved in a fight with another competitor on Saturday and then began "needling" the world No 9, Shayne Burgess, and a friend, who fell through a window the following evening.

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