EA Sports has removed Marco van Basten from the popular FIFA 20 video game following comments from the former football championship in November.
Working as a Fox Sports analyst, van Basten used the term “sieg heil” in the air after interviewing a German coach. The German phrase means “hail greeting” but is well known for its use in Nazi rallies. He had been suspended for a week by the Observation Network and Van Basten apologized saying it was “stupid and inappropriate” to make that comment.
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EA Sports also took action by removing van Basten from the Ultimate Team series. Van Basten has three in-game icon cards for different stages of his career, but all are no longer available in the game. Eurogamer captured a screenshot of the message players will see in the game.
The message states:
“We are aware of Marco Van Basten’s recent remarks and expect that our commitment to equality and diversity will be maintained throughout our game and we will suspend the Marco Van Basten Icon items from being available in packages, FUT Drawing to a Newer.”
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EA’s use of the term “suspension” seems to indicate that van Basten will return to the game sometime, though it is unclear when.
Van Basten is a former player and manager of the Dutch National Team. He won the FIFA World Player of the Year in 1992 and won the Ballon d’Or three times.