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Benjamin Mendy Removed From FIFA 22, But Some Players Still Have Access To Ultimate Team Card

Josh Lawless

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Benjamin Mendy Removed From FIFA 22, But Some Players Still Have Access To Ultimate Team Card

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has been removed from FIFA 22 ahead of his rape trial - but some players still have access to his Ultimate Team card.

Last month, Mendy was charged with four counts of rape and one sexual assault on three different women, including one under the age of 18, at his house in Cheshire between October 2020 and August 2021.

Having been refused bail, the France international is currently being housed in category B prison HMP Altcourse and will stand trial on January 24.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Mendy was suspended by his club and EA Sports have confirmed he is now not featured in the City or France squads due to the trial early next year.

In a statement to Eurogamer, EA said: "As Benjamin Mendy has been removed from the active rosters of both Manchester City and the French National team, in FIFA 22 he has also been removed from respective rosters and suspended from appearing in FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) packs and Ultimate Draft while he is awaiting trial."

But while he will not appear in Ultimate Team packs, Mendy is not out of the game entirely going into its worldwide release on October 1.

Because his card was in FUT at launch, it is still on the market and currently going for 4,500 on PlayStation and Xbox - nearly double what he was deemed to be worth previously - as per FutWiz.

Thus, it is possible that some players will still have Mendy in their squad.

Image: PA
Image: PA

EA clarified to Eurogamer: "We can confirm the changes in FUT were made the day after the launch of the EA Play early access trial resulting in some players having access to Mendy in packs before the suspension kicked in."

Unfortunately there is a tendency for members of the FIFA community to cash in on real life events by price-fixing.

It's happened before with tragic footballing deaths like Junior Malanda, Josef Sural and Emiliano Sala.

When Czech footballer Sural passed, he was removed from the game out of respect - while EA made the decision to temporarily reduced the maximum price for Sala and condemned the shameful actions.

Featured Image Credit: Image: EA Sports

Topics: Benjamin Mendy, Manchester City, FIFA 22

Josh Lawless
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