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FIFA 20 pro Jas Singh banned after hitting back at "racist" insults

by Joe Craven
EA/West Ham United FC

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Popular FIFA 20 pro player Jas ‘Jas1875’ Singh has received a ban from an upcoming event for threatening a fellow competitor. However, Singh states that he was “racially insulted” prior to making the threats.

Followers of the FIFA 20 competitive scene will likely be familiar with Jas Singh, who has been around the top players in the world since early 2018, when he signed for fabled esports organization Team Envy.

He represented Chelsea in the ePremierLeague 2019, finishing an impressive 3-4th. Singh has since moved to fellow Premier League side West Ham United, representing the Irons since October 2019. 

On November 16, Singh was temporarily banned from competing in the FIFA 20 season as a result of violent threats made against other players.

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Jas' ban, in full.

As a result, he has been “disinvited” from FIFA 20's second major event, the FUT Champions Cup Stage II, which takes place from Nosvember 22-24 in Bucharest, Romania. 

In a Twitter video from November 16, Singh explains his side of story. After qualifying for the FUT Champions Cup Stage II - which requires you to be a Top 32 player in the world - Jas was banned from attending after making violent threats against a fellow FIFA pro, Nawiid110, who is also known as ‘GoalMachine’ or just ‘Nawid’.

“He said things like I’ll shave your beard, I’ll shave your head,” said Singh. “As you guys know I’m a practicing Sikh so that sort of thing isn’t a light joke. That’s a really racial insult… I took that very angrily and I responded to it angrily.” 

Jas concluded his video by stating his regret for making the insults, but also his shock for receiving a punishment after being racially antagonized. “For someone racially abusing me and me standing up for myself… it hurts right now,” he finished. 

GoalMachine has received a more serious punishment, seeing him suspended from the next two major tournaments. He was also dropped from AS Roma esports. 

On November 16, he posted screenshots on Twitter showing the group chat in which the threats were made by Singh, and the comments were made by Nawid. 

Warning: Some readers may find the comments offensive. 

Despite the controversy surrounding the ban, EA do not seem to be backing down and Singh has accepted his ban. GoalMachine has not publicly responded to the incident, other than posting screenshots to his Twitter.

There was a mixed response from the community and fellow professionals. Kurt0411, a pro player banned earlier this year for spitting on EA’s logo, voiced his empathy for Singh, stating that: The state they’ve (EA) put this scene in is so bad and so unhealthy. We need another committee deciding stuff like this because these guys are absolutely clueless”. 

However, others argued that despite the provocation Jas overreacted, and that Nawid was “joking”. 

There are increasing calls for the FIFA scene to be outsourced to external companies, given EA’s attachment to their own game. 

Many, including Kurt0411, argue that this impacts their decision making and people are not freely allowed to voice their opinions, particularly when criticizing the games in question. 

We will update you on this story where necessary.