Wayne Mardle slams PDC for bending the rules to sort out Fallon Sherrock

Wayne Mardle has hit out a the Professional Darts Corporation for bending the rules to give Queen of the Palace Fallon Sherrock a world championship reprieve.

Sherrock appeared to have missed the cut when Lisa Ashton and Beau Greaves pipped her to the two available slots for female contestants in the Women's Series.

But the first woman to win on the Alexandra Palace stage was handed a wild card – and Sky Sports pundit Mardle fears it will only add to online abuse of Sherrock.

He told Online Darts: “I’m not a fan, I don’t like the way that the PDC just kind of bent or changed the rules to get Fallon Sherrock in.

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“This isn’t Fallon’s fault. I feel for Fallon here because she was getting a little bit of hatred and jealously thrown her way before this.

“They have now put her in an awkward position, it’s a privileged position, let’s not get that mixed up.

“If the PDC had said that the (Women's) Matchplay champion would go into the worlds, there isn’t a problem. They have just left it so late. The PDC can do what they like, it’s their product.

“But I think Fallon will get a lot more hate thrown her way, and I hope that isn’t the case. Maybe the PDC felt compelled to give her a spot. I don’t want her to bear the brunt of it as it is not fair on her.”

Sherrock will take on Ricky Evans in the first round at Ally Pally and also took to social media to post a message to the thousands who will be in attendance later this month.

"To all those attending the World Darts Championship next week," he wrote. "Cheer for the player you want to win, not boo the player you don’t. You guys can make the atmosphere so special. Enjoy."

Sherrock previously claimed she feels hated by rivals on the women's tour and no longer feels welcome among her female counterparts.

"I could be the best person in the world and I still get hate or I could do everything wrong and still get it," she said. "I am at a point now where I am like, 'If you are going to hate me, hate me'."


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