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EA Were Banned From Selling FIFA Game In Germany Because Of Oliver Kahn's Image Rights

EA Were Banned From Selling FIFA Game In Germany Because Of Oliver Kahn's Image Rights

A FIFA game was not allowed to be sold in Germany because of Oliver Kahn's image rights.

Bayern Munich and Germany legend Kahn did not give permission for his likeness to be used in the FIFA World Cup 2002 video game.

While they had obtained a licence to use real players from both the European football players' federation (FIFPro) and the Bundesliga, it emerged that Kahn was not a member of either and so did not approve.

As a result, a Hamburg court prohibited EA Sports from selling the game in Germany. If they did not agree to so and kept it on the shelves, they would be fined €250,000 and also have to make a settlement with Kahn.

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Kahn, despite being one of the greatest goalkeepers in history, has never appeared in FIFA as an 'Icon' and it's no surprise as to why.

There's been uproar in regards to FIFA and licences in recent times after both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gareth Bale called EA Sports and FIFPro out in relation to their likeness being used.

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Bale has been a FIFA cover star for FIFA 14 while EA told Dutch news site nu.nl their deal with Milan gives them access to Ibrahimovic's rights.

The Athletic are reporting that thousands of players, including many with a high profile, are poised to follow suit and object to their likeness being used.

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