This past week Electronic Arts, the game developer who makes FIFA, has decided to suspend the UK professional FIFA player Tassal “Faze Tass” Rushan from taking part in all qualifiers and live events for a period that is currently undisclosed.
This is due to Tass breaching one of Electronic Arts code of conduct in one of his recent YouTube videos. He did this by using the word “fag” to describe one of the players in the game, Matias Vecino, who is a midfielder for Inter Milan that kept appearing when he was opening FIFA packs.
While opening the packs, Tass said; “Oh my god that guy has actually cursed me” and “we’re seeing the freaking fag again.”
Since the incident. Tass has reached out to his fans and the FIFA community via social media offering an apology to those that he offended and feels he can use this as a learning curve for the future.
I am sorry to anyone I offended with what I said, I hold myself to a higher standard & I failed to live by FaZe & EA’s code of conduct. It was a wake up call that I need to be more careful with what I say, I’ll use it as a learning curve moving ahead, I’ll be back competing soon.
— Tass (@FaZeTass) 5 november 2018
Tass has since released another YouTube video trying to explain what he did:
“It’s a very unfortunate, unintentional misunderstanding from my end. Due to where I’ve been brought up, the connotation of the word from my perspective until now, which has completely changed now, was just another work for prick or idiot or rubbish. Not even 1% of me knew it had any type of derogatory connotation towards homosexuality at all.”
If you’d like to view the video for his full explanation, it can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=QE6HPS-dXQc
Tass joined Faze Clan at the start of this year which has put him in a great position to further his career, so he will hope that this mistake doesn’t hold him back too much.
Now the competitive FIFA community and just left wondering if this is Electronic Arts beginning to clamp down on any harmful and toxic behaviour that exists within the community. There have been some questionable things said by players on previous streams and in past events that hadn’t seen any consequences which annoyed a great deal of the community, are they now changing things for the better of the game and those that play it?