OG offer support to ruggah following ban: "Casper deserves a second chance"
The players and staff had a meeting in which it was decided that the Danish coach will continue working with the team.
OG have announced that they have offered coach Casper "ruggah" Due their full support after he was handed a 3.75-month ban earlier on Monday by the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) for a single-round use of the spectator bug while coaching Dignitas in a 2016 ESL Pro League match against Virtus.pro.
"Our CS:GO coach, Casper "ruggah" Due, came to us and explained that he encountered the 'coach bug' earlier in his career, before joining OG," the statement from the organisation read. "We immediately reached out to ESIC with Casper, we informed them of this incident, and we offered our collaboration during the investigation.
"We respect the ESIC decision, and effective immediately Casper will start to fulfill his ban. Maintaining the highest level of competitive integrity is something we consider vital in OG Esports. Following the ESIC's decision, players and staff got together as a team. We decided that Casper deserves a second chance and we want to continue working with him."
ruggah, who had a 25% reduction in his initial five-month ban after his confession was accepted in full by ESIC, joined OG as coach in January of this year, reuniting with his former North player Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså on the international team. The Danish coach will sit out the remainder of the season, starting with IEM New York's European division, which will kick off on October 6.