TNC Predator's Carlo 'Kuku' Palad could be banned from playing at the Chongqing Major in China, according to unconfirmed reports.
The Filipino star was earlier this month accused of using terms offensive to Chinese opponents, prompting apologies and a statement from Valve ordering teams to get tough on descrimination..
The ban would also apparently apply to Kuku's compatriot Rolen Andrei Gabriel 'Skemberlu' Ong, who is currently inactive after being dropped from the compLexity roster.
Valve's actions - effectively ordering teams to get their own houses in order - have not been strong enough in the view of Chinese officials, if indeed the ban is to be put in place.
Qualifying for the Chongqing Major is due to begin on November 25.
The potential intervention of Chinese authorities is pertinent, with China due to host TI9 after Shanghai was confirmed as host city for 2019.
At the time of publishing, there was no official confirmation of the ban, but key figures in the game - including compLexity captain EternaLEnVy - said it was "not a rumour".
TNC Predator on Sunday tweeted to say they would work to "educate" players and donate 50% of Kuku's winnings "to the Chinese community".
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