Snooker star Matthew Selt has been fined £2,000 for calling an autistic fan a "mong" and "pervert”.
The 37-year-old became embroiled in a spat with a fan earlier this year on Instagram. Selt, who was unaware of the fan's autism, launched a shocking barrage of insults after the latter replied to a story of his about Ronnie O’Sullivan with a direct message.
Selt was forced to appear before the WPBSA Disciplinary Committee, where he admitted breaching the WPBSA Rules and his players contract. As well as his fine, the snooker star was warned regarding his future conduct and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs.
He is said to have been apologetic and claimed he regretted his actions.
The incident occurred after the fan replied to Selt's Instagram story of O'Sullivan missing a pot on a black during his first round win over David Gilbert.
The fan replied via direct message to the story - captioned "what an ambassador" - and said: "When's your match Matt??" with a cry-laughing emoji, in reference to Selt's absence from the World Championship.
Selt replied: "Rather not play than be an absolute c*** of a human," before calling O'Sullivan the "biggest p**** on tour." The unnamed fan then said: "Awww jealous much," to which Selt responded: "Yea very jealous."
The world no. 21 then completely lost his cool after being sent a thumbs up emoji. He fired off a string of abusive messages, including one which cruelly called the autistic supporter a "mong." They read: "F***ing doughnut. Another Ronnie king. Mong."
"Enjoy your golf mate," replied the fan. Selt responded by asking the snooker fanatic to unfollow him. The fan said: "I would say please give up snooker but you kinda already have!"
That prompted yet another expletive-laden reply from Selt, who said: "You're a boring c*** aren't you. Dear me. Struggled this year. 16th highest player in the world. F***ing muppet."
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