FIFA pro Harry Hesketh retires after he insults 14-year-old's mum
Harry Hesketh has quit professional FIFA play after EA banned him from a tournament over a distasteful joke directed at another player.
Back in December, 25-year-old British FIFA professional Harry Hesketh livestreamed a match where he played against 14-year-old Anders Vejrgang, who is considered one of the best FIFA players in the world.
During the match, which he lost, Hesketh made an inappropriate, sexual joke in reference to Verjgang’s mother.
In a post uploaded to YouTube, which compiled some of the highlights of the game, Hesketh clearly regrets the comments he made, saying that he contacted Verjgang afterwards and apologised to him and his mother.
‘I made one distasteful comment, right. ‘His fingers might be quick, but mine are longer,’ and I made a reference to his mother,’ he says, before asking his fans not to go and defend him or harass Verjgang.
Regardless of his regret, EA opted to punish Hesketh by banning him from competing in February’s Europe Regional Qualifier.
While the ban isn’t permanent and Hesketh has no intention of overturning it, he has decided to retire from professional FIFA play entirely.
His reason for doing so is because he believes EA is exhibiting double standards. In the video announcing his retirement, he says ‘It’s in EA’s power to ban you for anything. They can do what they want, when they want.
‘I got dealt, at the end of the day, the same severity of ban [for] a mum joke as racism. That’s just a stone-cold fact. If this is the precedent you’re setting for future players and pro players, in the next 24 hours, I could go out and get every single person that’s ever competed on the world stage banned.’
Hesketh has even parted ways with esports organisation Fnatic and will be focusing on his career as a solo content creator from now on.
‘Following EA’s statement banning Harry from competing in the upcoming Europe Regional Qualifier, we spoke with Harry about his future as a professional FIFA player. Harry informed us of his intention to retire as a player, and we agreed it was best for both parties to terminate his contract with the Black and Orange,’ reads Fnatic’s official statement, ‘We wish him all the best for his career as a content creator.’
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