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FIFA 21 pro Harry Hesketh announces retirement after being banned for 'mum joke'


Harry Hesketh has announced his retirement from FIFA esports after making a ‘mum joke’ towards 15-year-old.

The former Hashtag United player announced his retirement from FIFA esports, and has also left esports org Fnatic, after receiving a temporary ban for his declaration towards FIFA prodigy Anders Vejrgang during a live stream.

He announced his retirement from FIFA esports his YouTube channel, with Hesketh also confirming he would now focus on content creation.

Hesketh was banned from February’s FIFA 21 Europe regional qualifier event by EA due to his comments towards Vejrgang on a Twitch broadcast on 12th December 2020, in which he referenced Vejrgang’s mother.

Vejrgang is a professional FIFA Player for RB Leipzig Esports, but is still a year away from being able to compete in official tournaments, due to his age.

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Despite his young age, Vejrgang has already amassed a huge global following and regularly streams to around 500,000 people on his Twitch channel, with the youngster currently on a sensational 450-0 winning streak in the FUT Champions competition within the FIFA Ultimate Team game mode.

Speaking about the incident on his YouTube channel, Hesketh acknowledged his actions were wrong and apologised to his opponent.

“I made one distasteful comment, right. ‘His fingers might be quick, but mine are longer,’ and I made a reference to his mother.

“I know a UK base is going to be like, well it’s a mum joke, who hasn’t made a mum joke, and try to defend me.



Fnatic Tekkz (left) with former pro FIFA player Harry Hesketh (right)

“Don’t defend me. At the end of the day he’s 14. It’s a distasteful comment.

“For that I apologise directly to Anders and his mother.”

EA have also released a statement explaining the reasons for Hesketh’s ban, going into detail regarding the rules that were broken during the Twitch broadcast in question.

EA also revealed that Hesketh had previously received a final warning for an official rules and code of conduct violation.

“Suspended in response to language used during a Twitch broadcast on December 12th, 2020 in reference to an opponent’s immediate family member.

“Due to a prior Final Warning for an Official Rules and Code of Conduct violation the penalty in this case is escalated to a one qualifier suspension.

Specifically, the EA SPORTS FIFA 21 Global Series Code of Conduct violation for which the player is being disinvited is: “Publishing, posting, uploading or distributing content, or organising/participating in any activity, group or guild that EA (acting reasonably and objectively) determines is inappropriate, abusive, hateful, harassing, profane, defamatory, threatening, obscene, sexually explicit, infringing, privacy-invasive, vulgar, offensive, indecent or unlawful”

EA also revealed that they investigated Hesketh for potentially inciting viewers to harrass an opponenent, but was cleared of wrongdoing.

“Reports associated with this incident regarding the player inciting viewers to harass an opponent were investigated with the FGSDC.



A screenshot taken from the streamed match between Harry Hesketh and Anders Vejrgang on December 12, 2020.

“The evidence showed actions were taken by the player and his team at the time to denounce the behaviour of viewers and deter them from harassing the opponent. No action will be taken against the player for these reports.”

Esports org Fnatic have also released a statement, confirming that they’ve parted ways with Hesketh. The former professional FIFA player only joined the organisation back in July 2020, linking up with Fnatic Tekkz.

“We have mutually agreed to part ways with Harry Hesketh, to allow him to focus on his own career as a solo content creator.

“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.

“Despite joining Fnatic in challenging times, Harry’s energy and personality has been a huge asset to Fnatic since his signing.

“We wish him all the best for his career as a content creator.”

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