EA Sports Announce The Late Josef Sural Will Be Removed From Alanyaspor On FIFA 19
EA Sports have announced that the late Josef Sural is to be removed from the Alanyaspor squad on FIFA 19 at some point this week.
The Czech Republic striker, 28, died at the hospital where he was taken after a bus carrying the team back from a game at Kayserispor crashed.
According to Alanyaspor's chairman Hasan Çavuşoğlu, the bus had two drivers and both fell asleep.
Unfortunately, a number of players on FIFA Ultimate Team elected to make an-game profit after the tragedy - 'price-fixing' Sural's 73-rated silver card so that it goes for 10,000 coins.
Just seen Josef Sural has sadly died & what does the FIFA Community do, makes it money out of him by driving him extinct. Honestly what is wrong with the community that they feel the need every time this happens. EA need something in place for this as just crazy. pic.twitter.com/P071clyIWa- Graham On Holiday (@GISALEGEND) April 29, 2019
As a result, EA chiefs have made the decision to "respectfully honour" his legacy by removing him from the game, as well as permanently fixing the price range of his FUT items on the market to their current value.
Sural's items will also no longer be available in FUT packs going forward.
EA sent their condolences to the player's family, writing: "We send our sincerest sympathies to Sural's family, Alanyaspor and his fans all around the world. We wish the others involved in the accident a full recovery."
The American gaming giant made the same call in February following the tragic death of Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala.
To begin with, they temporarily reduced his maximum price on FIFA Ultimate Team after a small minority of people tastelessly decided to cash in - before taking him out of the game altogether.
They issued the following statement: "It is with great sorrow that we learn the disappearance of Emiliano Sala. To respectfully honor his story, we will implement the following changes:
- Sala will be removed from the FC Nantes team in FIFA.
- Sala's FUT cards will no longer be available in the packages.
- The price of Sala cards on FUT will remain permanently at the current price.
"We again sending our serious sincerest sympathies to his family, to Cardiff City to Nantes and to all his fans."