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The removal follows a history of dispute between Krystal and the organization since joining the team in 2018. He was previously suspended indefinitely by the organization in August last year due to "personal violations, discipline offences and breaches of contract.".
Before the suspension, he was first warned and fined by the organization in July of that year for not returning from a leave of absence to meet a sick family member. Krystal said that issues delayed his return and he was not informed of the company’s policy towards extending leave.
Shortly after, Spark supervisor Longduo published a number of allegations (English translation) against Krystal, dating back to the 2019 preseason. They include multiple occasions of feigning illness to skip practice, intentionally delaying his arrival to the United States during the preseason, and disrupting the coaches’ plans for the team.
Krystal only played for the Spark in Stage 2 of the 2019 season. Following the suspension, he was not listed on the Spark’s 2020 roster in November of last year. At the time, he was listed under contract with the team by the Overwatch League’s contract status page.
The Hangzhou Spark are currently in 11th place in the regular season standings. Their next match is against the New York Excelsior on June 20.