RED Canids substitute Felipe “YoDa” Noronha has been suspended for his team’s first three games at the Mid-Season Invitational for using racially derogatory language in a tweet, Riot announced in a competitive ruling Thursday. He has also been fined $2,000 for the incident.
The incident happened earlier that day on Twitter. The tweet has since been deleted.
In the ruling, Riot explained the player violated their rules against profanity and hate speech and discrimination and denigration. The punishment effectively means he will not be able to play Friday, the first day of the tournament.
This is the third time a player has been suspended for racially offensive language at an international League of Legends event. Team SoloMid jungler Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen was suspended for the first three games of Worlds while with SK Gaming in 2014 for using a racially offensive summoner name, and I May’s Hankil "Road" Yoon was suspended for one game at Worlds 2016 for “repeated instances of moderate to severe verbal abuse and one instance of racially-insensitive rhetoric.”
RED Canids begins the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational with the first game of the tournament against the OPL’s Dire Wolves.