ESIC drops all charges against Team Spirit coach upon appeal
The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has dropped all charges against Team Spirit's coach Sergey "hally" Shavaev and allowed him to return to full-time work with the team. This became possible after an appeal, the successful outcome of which was reported by the coach's lawyer Dejan Minić on his Twitter account.
hally was temporarily suspended three days before the start of PGL Major Antwerp 2022 along with colleagues from Imperial and 9z. ESIC suspected the Russian of abusing the so-called coaching bug for one round in a match of Espada, which he coached in 2019.
Shavaev's lawyer explained in a comment to HLTV.org that ESIC's decision was appealed on July 1. In the appeal, the coach's side pointed out that a possible five-month suspension was too harsh, while hally's only mistake was not reporting the bug.
The skipper of Team Spirit got the opportunity to fully return to his previous duties a few weeks before the start of the European RMR event, which the CIS squad will attend as one of the direct invitees. The qualifying tournament for IEM Rio Major 2022 will take place on October 4-9 in Malta.