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Diego Maradona Is Set To Be Completely Removed From FIFA 22

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Diego Maradona Is Set To Be Completely Removed From FIFA 22

Diego Maradona could be removed from FIFA 22 Ultimate Team soon after an Argentinian court ruling.

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The footballing legend, who sadly died last year aged 60, features in EA Sports' title as an ICON card.

He has three different variations all representing different parts of his career - but that is all set to change due to a trademark issue.

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According Infobae per Eurogamer, Sattvica, the company of lawyer Matías Morla, has had a trademark claim recognised by a judge.


EA Sports had reached an agreement with Maradona's former manager Stefano Ceci.

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However, it could not be proven that Ceci had the authority to sign such a document and it means Maradona could be removed from the game.

The Napoli legend is also still in FIFA 21 and would see himself taken out of packs, SBCs and FUT Draft on both games.

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

FIFA 20 saw EA Sports temporarily pull Marco van Basten from the game after saying 'sieg heil' which is German for 'hail victory' on live television.

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In other big changes coming to the franchise, EA Sports have hinted at a potential new name.

The publisher announced in a press release last month that FIFA 22 had amassed 9.1m players and a whopping 460m matches played since its launch.

However, EA Sports executive vice president Cam Weber made a bombshell admission that the publisher could rebrand the long-running FIFA franchise.

"As we look ahead, we're also exploring the idea of renaming our global EA Sports football games," he said.

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"This means we're reviewing our naming rights agreement with FIFA, which is separate from all our other official partnerships and licenses across the football world."

Image Credit: EA Sports
Image Credit: EA Sports

Polygon reports that EA filed the new trademark with the UK's Intellectual Property Office and with the European Union Intellectual Property Office on 1st October.

According to the publication, it would seem that EA is considering 'EA Sports FC' as a potential new name for the FIFA series.

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An EA Sports representative declined to comment on the trademark filing after being approached by Polygon over the matter.

The FIFA 22 publisher previously used 'Football Club' as part of an online community for its franchise from 2011 to 2020.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Topics: Football, Diego Maradona, FIFA 22

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