Fantasy Premier League: Why the winner has been stripped of his title

The FPL winner was DQ'd on Tuesday

We all love a bit of fantasy football.

It's always fun to create an XI of the Premier League's best players and face-off against your mates to see who is crowned champion 38 weeks later. 

Some of us take it very seriously - chopping and changing our teams each week, using all over boosts - while others completely forget about it after two weeks.

But still, it's fun to be a part of.

The 2019/20 Fantasy Premier League season has just concluded, but there's been some controversy around the winner. 

Aleksandar Antonov finished first out of 7.6 million people with 2,575 points but has since been disqualified from the competition.

"Due to a breach of our terms, the team formerly occupying the number one position has been removed from FPL," the Premier League announced on Tuesday. 

According to talkSPORT, Antonov has been disqualified for allegedly sending racial messages about Raheem Sterling in a Facebook chat. 

He posted the following statement on YouTube:

"Somehow, and in some way, things that I said in a private Facebook messenger chat with five of my friends found its way to the EPL.

FPL is very popular

“In response, the EPL decided to exercise their right and remove me as the winner and to annul my points for the season.

"To clarify, what we write in our chats is football banter. And for sure it’s not something different generally from football banter chats. 

"The reason for my disqualification is a moment of frustration with a player put into words, written between friends - it was never meant to offend any footballer on any basis.

FPL will return again next year

"I was disqualified from the season because something was taken out of context to a large extent, from a small Bulgarian private chat by a person that certainly doesn’t wish me well in life and made me look like something I’m not to the EPL." 

Well done to the Premier League for disqualifying Antonov. This kind of behaviour has no place in society and his response is frankly disappointing.

He also posted a Twitter thread regraded his removal from FPL, which you can read below: 

Following Antonov's disqualification, Joshua Bull has been announced as the overall winner of FPL 2019/20. 

Congratulations, Joshua! 

News Now - Sport News