Professional darts player Adam Smith-Neale has been suspended by the Darts Regulation Authority after he allegedly assaulted an opponent at the end of a match in an amateur event on Saturday.

Adam Smith-Neale regained his PDC tour card last year after a five-year absence

 

Professional darts player Adam Smith-Neale has been suspended by the Darts Regulation Authority after he allegedly assaulted an opponent at the end of a match in an amateur event on Saturday.

 

Video footage shared online appears to show the Englishman, 30, throwing a punch at the event in Nuneaton.

 

World number 82 Smith-Neale is suspended from “attending or competing in DRA sanctioned events”.

 

He can appeal against the decision and faces a disciplinary hearing.

 

 

The DRA, darts’ governing body, said: “On 12th March 2024 Nigel Mawer the DRA chairman took the decision to suspend Adam Smith-Neale from attending or competing in DRA sanctioned events.

 

“This relates to an allegation that he assaulted another player at the end of his match in an amateur event in Nuneaton played on 9th March 2024.

 

“He has the right to appeal the suspension decision and he will face a disciplinary hearing at a date to be arranged.”

 

Smith-Neale, who regained his PDC tour card last year after a five-year absence, will miss next week’s Players Championship 5 and 6 events in Hildesheim, Germany.

 

A PDC spokesperson said: “The PDC are aware of a video from a non-affiliated event, featuring a Tour Card Holder, which is circulating on social media.

 

“The Darts Regulation Authority have been made aware and are investigating this appropriately.”

 

 

 

Gideon Canice

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