Pro darts star banned from competing after punching amateur player who beat him

Adam Smith-Neale was filmed appearing to punch an opponent over the weekend, with darts’ governing body now suspending the 30-year-old, who holds a PDC tour card

 

Professional darts star Adam Smith-Neale has been suspended after footage emerged of him appearing to punch his opponent at a local amateur event.

 

Smith-Neale is ranked at No.82 in the world and holds a PDC tour card. He was taking part in an event in Nuneaton on Saturday, with video emerging of him appearing to strike a person in the face after losing a match to them.

 

The 30-year-old was confronted by shocked spectators, having allegedly punched the man as he turned to shake Smith-Neale’s hand. The man collected his darts and walked off, with several fans then confronting Smith-Neale.

 

The footage of the incident went viral, with the Darts Regulation Authority now taking strong action against him. The DRA, which is darts’ governing body, has announced they have suspended the 30-year-old.

 

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The DRA said in a statement: “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.”

 

The PDC are also aware of the incident. A 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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