Willem II’s Daniel Kuipers may have made it to the big time. However, the Dutch esports player proved himself to be far from a model professional during his latest FIFA 18 eDivisie league match.
The 22-year-old saw Willem II’s goal difference take a massive hit in his recent clash with ADO Den Haag’s Mitchel Denkers.
Despite ending prematurely, Denkers recorded a 10-1 victory to take his club up to third in the table. The result left Willem II in 13th, with just five points separating them from 16th placed FC Groningen.
ADO Den Haag 10-1 Willem II
Kuipers’ downfall was largely his own doing.
Despite Willem II taking an early 1-0 lead, Denkers soon turned the score around. Seemingly unwilling to fight back from a losing position, Kuipers proceeded to throw the game.
In an unsportsmanlike fashion, the FIFA pro began hacking down his opponents players at every opportunity. Unsurprisingly, an increasing number of red cards followed and so to did goals from ADO Den Haag.
Denkers was already cruising to victory. However, Kuipers offered his fellow pro another helping hand as he continues to boot the ball back towards his own net, scoring a number of own goals.
On one occasion, Kuipers even stopped mid-play to check his phone.
As the game went into injury time, Kuipers backed down another player and received his fifth red card of the game. Rules stop teams from playing with less than seven players, so the game was abandoned before the final whistle.
Kuipers was seemingly attempting to limit the damage caused by his actions. Rules state that games abandoned due to a lack of players should result in a 3-0 victory for the opposing team.
However, eDivisie organisers have since opted to overrule this. As a result, the final score will be recorded at 10-1.
Who is Daniel Kuipers?
Daniel Kuipers is Willem II’s representative in the eDivisie, The Netherlands’ premier FIFA esports league. Each team in the Eredivisie football league is represented by a professional gamer in the tournament.
The 22-year-old, who comes from Colemborg and currently studies in Eindhoven, progressed through a tough tournament to win the chance to become Willem II’s e-sporter.
Upon signing the rising talent, the club’s general manager, Berry van Gool, stated:
“We were looking for someone who is good at FIFA first and foremost. Performing is one. That Daniel has won the tournament here, with a field that did not linger, that says enough. In addition, he is a social boy who has not fallen on his mouth. We think he can represent the club in a good way at different tournaments, but also in social projects, for example.”
However, his recent antics may have changed some opinions around the club.