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Two players appear to have been banned from taking part in the Dota Pro Circuit Chongqing Major in January, following the use of racial slurs. The bans were handed out by the Chinese municipal government to Team Secret’s Rolen Andrei Gabriel “Skemberlu” Ong and TNC Predator’s TNC Predator’s Carlo “Kuku” Palad, with a statement still yet to be made by Valve.
According to Matthew Bailey, the director of Team Secret, both players had been requested to be removed from their respective rosters. Skemberlu was found to have used a derogatory terminology whilst competing in DreamLeague Season 10 for CompLexity Gaming against China’s Royal Never Give Up. Skemberlu was to receive the maximum fine possible, and was removed from the team’s active roster at the start of November.
As for Kuku, an incident in which the player used the same slur in a public match for TNC Predators saw the offlane player’s team being refused to scrim with by LGD Gaming. The player eventually apologised, having originally denied the allegations.
Starladder, the organiser of the event, had been contacted by the Chinese municipal government, which was confirmed by Dota analyst Jack “KBBQ” Chen:
it's not a rumor, the municipal government met to discuss after outrage and anger grew over what people in China felt was an inadequate or delayed response and reportedly came to the organizer saying: "this event cannot have these two players"
— Jack Chen (@KBBQDotA) November 24, 2018
Meanwhile, qualifiers for the competition took place this past weekend, with the major set to start in January 2019.