There was huge controversy during the final of yesterday's FIFA esports World Cup final.
The game between Mark Zakhary, also known as Mark11, and Manuel "Bachoore" Bachoore went to penalties, when Zakhary attempted to raise an issue with the event officials.
His controller inputs, which revealed where he was aiming, were visible on the arena's big screen.
However, the organisers waved play on despite Zakhary's protestations, before Bachoore won 5-4 and picked up the winner's cheque for £300,000, with his opponent taking home £115,000.
FIFA esports said in a statement that 'After thorough review of the footage, we can also confirm that no player received a competitive advantage as the opposite team only watched their own screen'.
Zachary's team, Futwiz, were very displeased and felt that even though Bachoore may not have seen the his opponent's inputs, the situation was an unnecessary distraction.
Controversy At The FIFA esports World Cup Final
A World Cup final on penalties for $300k and @Marrkk11_ raises his hand BEFORE the pens to say his CONTROLLER INPUTS are on the main screen and they say just take them 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
In disbelief thank fuck I left this shite
— Harry Hesketh (@HarryHesketh) July 19, 2023
What an absolute disgrace. The lowest day in FIFA esports history.
— Tom Leese (@TomLeese) July 19, 2023
"Stop trying to protect what is a clear issue with a grand final at a World Cup. @FIFAe broadcast team," added Futwiz in a statement on Twitter.
"Mark clearly raised this issue 3 times before penalties started and nothing was done so we get left with the biggest final of the year completely ruined by unnecessary circumstances.
"Disregarding your own rules is a disgrace. We want to also add we have zero issue with Bachoore and Team Gullit, this is not their fault.