ENCE: "We take full responsibility for not understanding the severity of the existing problems"
The Finnish organisation says that it is currently evaluating the situation together with the team.
ENCE have issued a statement to address the chaotic situation of their CS:GO team in the aftermath of Monday's 'HLTV Confirmed' episode with Aleksi "allu" Jalli. The Finnish organisation says that it is currently "processing the situation" after the 28-year-old's comments sparked a chain reaction that exposed deep issues in the squad.
allu commented on a variety of topics, including the August 2019 removal of then in-game leader Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen and the team's struggles ever since that controversial move. He recognised that the team "removed the wrong player" but said that he should not be vilified for the decision, which, he stressed, was not made by him alone.
allu also revealed that Jere "sergej" Salo, who stepped down from ENCE last month to start his military service, had been struggling with motivation issues for a while and that the team took a month-long break in the spring to help the youngster get comfortable again.
While the show was still running, sergej took to Twitter to dispute allu's account of some of the events that were discussed. The 18-year-old said that allu's personality is "not as simple and harmless" as it might seem and that "there's a reason why" his former teammate is the only remaining member of ENCE's original lineup. sergej added that he will not comment on this matter anymore "because it's a mental health thing" and that old teammates can back up his claims.
Sami "xseveN" Laasanen, who left the team in August, quickly retweeted sergej's post, but it wasn't just former ENCE players who appeared to challenge allu's comments. Miikka "suNny" Kemppi said that allu spoke the "truth but not the whole truth", adding that he felt "betrayed" while watching the show as his teammate did not explain "why the leadership was given to me."
With no events on the horizon until March and only a four-man roster, ENCE are now left with the difficult task of putting their house in order, with the team currently sitting 34th in the world ranking - the lowest they have been since June 2018.
"We take full responsibility for not understanding the severity of the existent problems," the Finnish organisation said. "We wish for patience as we internally evaluate the situation with our CS:GO team.
"We will give you an update as soon as we conclude our next steps."