Darts player Raymond van Barneveld falls ill and is treated by paramedics whilst competing in Milton Keynes

Darts player Raymond van Barneveld collapsed and received paramedic treatment whilst competing in Milton Keynes today (19/3).

Van Barneveld, a Dutch professional darts player, is known as one of the most successful darts players in history. 

The 53-year-old is amongst those taking part in the PDC's Super Series championship, which is being held behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena.

Today, it was reported that he collapsed after taking ill during the Championship 8.

A spokesperson for the PDC said: "Raymond van Barneveld received medical treatment after being taken ill at Friday's Players Championship 8.

"Van Barneveld was defeated in the first round of the PDC Super Series 2 event in Milton Keynes, and later required medical assistance after becoming unwell in the arena.

"He was treated by paramedics but has not required hospital treatment, and returned to his hotel room at the Marshall Arena to be further monitored.

"Play was suspended whilst Van Barneveld received treatment before resuming at 1445 GMT."