Mino Raiola Confirms 300 Players Are Ready To Join Zlatan Ibrahimovic In FIFA 21 Likeness Use Battle
Mino Raiola claims 300 players are ready to join Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a potential legal battle with EA Sports over their image use in FIFA 21.
Ibrahimovic called out EA Sports as well as FIFPro earlier this week and he demanded to know who authorised the use of his face in this year's game.
The 39-year-old currently plays for AC Milan who have a multi-year agreement with EA Sports to use their players, stadium and kits. But Ibrahimovic insists he never gave permission for his own likeness.
Raiola works as the Swede's agent and told The Telegraph: "It won't just be Zlatan or Gareth Bale. We have around 300 requests from players. We will go until the end, if necessary, against FIFA and FIFPro and everybody who sells rights they don't have.
"This is one of the biggest disgraces involving FIFA who want to weaken the players to become slaves. But I will not allow that. Zlatan is not a marionette; Zlatan is not someone you can tell to do something he doesn't want to do.
"The nice thing about this is that it is being brought by players. He is committed to the cause.
"The question is very simple: FIFA and FIFPro are profiting from the rights that EA Sports happily buy from them but they buy rights that they don't have.
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"The individual image rights of the player are not with FIFA, FIFPro or AC Milan. They belong to the player himself.
"If EA Sports wants to continue the business like they do we will bring them to court but not only that we will bring to court everyone who is selling the rights that they don't have. So if that is FIFPro, that's FIFPro. If that is FIFA, that's FIFA."
Ibrahimovic's initial tweet on Monday read: "Who gave FIFA EA Sport permission to use my name and face? @FIFPro? I'm not aware to be a member of FIFPro and if I am I was put there without any real knowledge through some weird manouver.
"And for sure I never allowed @FIFAcom or FIFPro to make money using me.
"Somebody is making profit on my name and face without any agreement all these years.
Time to investigate."
Bale was a cover star alongside Lionel Messi in FIFA 14 but tweeted it was 'time to investigate' not long after Ibrahimovic.
Featured Image Credit: Zlatan Ibrahimovic/Instagram, PA Images & EA Sports
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