The World Darts Championship has been further hit by coronavirus after Dave Chisnall became the latest player to withdraw.
The world number 14 pulled out after testing positive, following Michael Van Gerwen and Vincent Van Der Voort out of the competition prematurely.
Chisnall was due to play Luke Humphries in the last-32 on Wednesday, with Humphries now receiving a bye.
A statement from the PDC read: “Dave Chisnall has withdrawn from the William Hill World Darts Championship after testing positive for Covid-19 ahead of his match with Luke Humphries.
Dave Chisnall has withdrawn from the William Hill World Darts Championship after testing positive for Covid-19 ahead of his match with Luke Humphries.
Humphries will receive a bye to the last 16 and Wednesday afternoon's session will continue with two matches.
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) December 29, 2021
“Humphries will receive a bye to the last 16 and Wednesday afternoon’s session will continue with two matches.
“Jose de Sousa will play Alan Soutar, and Nathan Aspinall then plays Callan Rydz.”
Chisnall’s withdrawal is another blow for the integrity of the showpiece tournament, with three-time world champion Van Gerwen having pulled out on Tuesday.
Van Gerwen described himself as being “sour” at his withdrawal and called on the PDC to do more.
Really disappointed, confused, angry…..the way how my world championship is ending.
Never expected this outcome as I thought I did everything in my possibility to avoid it. Also ain’t got any symptoms.
Closing this year of really quickly.
Fans I’ll be back stronger! 💚
— Michael Van Gerwen (@MvG180) December 28, 2021
“They actually have to check everyone at the door every day – they didn’t do that,” the Dutchman told AD Sportwereld.
“According to the British Government, this is not necessary, but to protect your own organisation and the World Championship, that would have been useful.
“The PDC will at all times say that they have followed the rules of the Government, but they could have been looked at more closely.
“The control has not been strong enough. It is just a big corona bomb now.
“It is as leaky as a basket. Now I pay a high price. I haven’t done anything at all – that makes it extra sour.”