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Banned Pro FIFA Player Accuses EA Sports Of Creating 'Toxic Community'

Banned Pro FIFA Player Accuses EA Sports Of Creating 'Toxic Community'

Banned pro FIFA player Kurt Fenech has hit out at EA Sports as he broke his silence on the situation.

In February last year, the gaming giant confirmed that Fenech is outright banned from all EA games and online services due to "serious and repeated violations".

He was previously banned in October 2018 and March 2019, with the final strike appearing to be his foul-mouthed outburst in November 2019.

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While on a livestream, he said: "Son of a b****,""You can't beat me, even on this piece of trash game. F*** you, EA."

Fenech, who was known as 'Kurt0411' on YouTube, then proceeded to pick up an EA scarf and spit on it.

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Fenech has been surplus to requirements as a result and after a period of silence and inactivity, he addressed the matter in a video

"After 12 long, hellish, ruthless months, I can finally reveal I am still the only person not allowed to play FIFA in the whole wide world, he said.

"I only had one call with them [EA] and it wasn't with the people who make the decisions. Maybe I was foolish wanting to move forward and not closing the door. And now back to square one again. I don't get it. In typical EA fashion I guess.

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"It's funny because they are such advocates for mental health and they took me from a whole year of that instead of just telling me in the first place.

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"The way they have handled this, I think it is nothing short of ridiculous. I genuinely thought I would be free.

"They say they will take action against disruptive behaviours, cheating, harmful content and illegal activities. Well go on then, you've got quite a lot to go through. Why me and nobody else?

"Obviously it is their decision and have no choice but to respect it. I will continue to take full responsibility for what I have said. I never meant any malicious intent with anything that I've said. I just always wanted what is best for this game.

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"I lost focus on the things that really mattered and worst than that, I lost control. It almost sickens me that it got to that without my realising it. There is no-one else to blame but me but then again does it deserve a permanent ban?

"This is where I do take issue. They told me I created an unhealthy community. Over the past year without me, what changed? It's more toxic than it's ever been! I know who is [responsible]. It's not me... It's they themselves."

In another more recent upload, Kurt jokingly revealed he is going to be given a series of tasks and challenges which could determine whether he will be given a second chance by EA.

He added that he was "All in" but then turned the video into spoof by joking that he had to sing the Canadian national anthem.

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In recent times, Harry Hesketh, another popular YouTuber and FIFA player, "retired" from playing the game after being hit with a ban for a "Your Mum" joke he made to 14-year-old sensation Anders Vejrgang.

Topics: Football, EA Sports, FIFA 21

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