Adam Smith-Neale suspended from PDC competition after allegedly assaulting opponent

Adam Smith-Neale has been suspended by the DRA with immediate effect after allegedly assaulting an opponent during an open event.

The incident took place in Nuneaton on Saturday March 9, with video footage on social media appearing to show Smith-Neale striking his opponent in the face at the end of a match.

His opponent, who is unknown at this time, turned around to shake hands after landing the winning double, but was met by a furious Smith-Neale, who struck out before being confronted and restrained by an onlooker.

The 30-year-old, who is a current PDC Tour Card holder, has subsequently been suspended from attending or competing in DRA sanctioned events until further notice.

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

Smith-Neale notably won the Winmau World Masters in 2018 before regaining a PDC Tour Card at Qualifying School last year.

The world number 82 has been no stranger to controversy over the years, with numerous fans complaining they had been left out of pocket by Smith-Neale over dartboards and other merchandise they had agreed to purchase from him.

Prior to the 2019 BDO World Championship, he suffered a broken leg after a ‘fall’ following a tournament in Italy.

He played his preliminary round match at Lakeside on crutches, using both during his walk-on and using his right crutch while throwing, but was beaten 3-0 by New Zealand’s Mark McGrath.

 

 

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