Grinning Man Who Nibbled Boy’s Ear in Viral Snooker Video Identified and Defends Actions

Grinning Man Who Nibbled Boy's Ear in Viral Snooker Video Identified and Defends Actions
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An Ital­ian man named Ste­fano Voci has been iden­ti­fied as the indi­vid­ual caught on cam­era nib­bling a child’s ear dur­ing the World Snook­er Cham­pi­onships in Sheffield. 

The bizarre inci­dent, which went viral on social media, sparked wide­spread out­rage and a police investigation.

Voci, a 43-year-old fork­lift truck oper­a­tor from Desio near Milan, has since defend­ed his actions, stat­ing that he was sim­ply express­ing affec­tion towards a relative.

In a now-delet­ed Face­book post, Voci wrote: “There are many clar­i­fi­ca­tions to make but every­thing is in process. I was just some­one shar­ing love and affec­tion like any­one else, that was exposed maliciously.”

The footage showed Voci grin­ning and nuz­zling the boy’s ear as snook­er leg­end Stephen Hendry was being inter­viewed. The child appeared unfazed by the inci­dent, even wav­ing to the cam­era at one point.

South York­shire police inves­ti­gat­ed the mat­ter but ulti­mate­ly deter­mined that no crime had been com­mit­ted, and the case was closed with­out fur­ther action.

Voci has since delet­ed all of his social media accounts, as have var­i­ous mem­bers of his fam­i­ly. How­ev­er, MailOn­line was able to uncov­er his pre­vi­ous state­ments defend­ing his actions, in which he claimed the pho­tos cir­cu­lat­ing online were “fake” and that he sim­ply want­ed his fam­i­ly to be “left alone.”

The bizarre inci­dent sparked wide­spread out­rage on social media, with many view­ers express­ing shock and con­cern for the child’s well­be­ing. How­ev­er, the police inves­ti­ga­tion con­clud­ed that no fur­ther action was nec­es­sary, and Voci has remained defi­ant in the face of the backlash.

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