If you’ve been enjoying controlling the late, great Diego Maradona as a player on FIFA 22, that might be soon about to end.
The likeness of Maradona may have to be removed from EA’s signature title after the ruling of an Argentine court. As per Eurogamer, it looks like EA had done a deal with his former manager Stefano Ceci, who didn’t actually have the legal powers to make the deal.
The court has recognised that the trademark owner of Maradona’s license is actually Matías Morla, the former lawyer of the player. He reportedly gained control of the Maradona brand in August.
At the time of writing, Maradona is still included in both FIFA 21 and FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, and EA haven’t released a statement about his removal yet. Best to keep an eye on him slipping out of your Ultimate Team though.
It would be a shame if he were to be removed from FIFA: one of the top five footballers of all time, Maradona’s virtuosic dribbling skills are a dream to control in the game. This was a player who was able to mesmerise with just a ball, a piece of chewing gum, and a 2-minute keepy-up routine after all (see below).
Maradona died last year from a heart attack at the age of 60. His death plunged Argentina into mourning, with President Alberto Fernández announcing three official days of national mourning. Tens of thousands attended his public wake in Buenos Aires.
In other troubling FIFA news, 30,000 FIFA 22 players were banned after making the most of a “no loss glitch” that allowed them to exit games without actually getting a loss in their in-game records. “We have identified over 30,000 active accounts that exploited this issue consistently,’ EA said about the glitch. “(We) have suspended them from FIFA 22 online for seven days, preventing them from participating in this week’s FUT Champions Finals.”
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