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The well-respected pairing of Martin Tyler and Alan Smith will not commentate on the upcoming FIFA release, according to reports.
For the first time since 2005, it appears Tyler and Smith have been replaced as the default commentators, with Lee Dixon and Derek Rae stepping into that role after featuring on Champions League and Europa League commentary in the previous two editions.
The Sky Sports duo will not feature in FIFA 21 in any capacity, based on early releases.
Dixon and Rae, who were first introduced to the game in FIFA 19, appear to be the only option when it comes to commentary this year, although this could potentially change on Friday's official release date.
Plenty of fans on social media have noticed the absence of Tyler and Smith in recent days.
Can someone make a petition to make Martin Tyler and Alan Smith commentary available in FUT
- OC (@OCCFC7) October 8, 2020
@EASPORTSFIFA THE WORST THING you guys could have done is remove Martin Tyler and Alan Smith from the commentary in FIFA...why would you do that?!?
- Alucard (@whyBlaineme) October 7, 2020
Hate #fifa21 already.. No Martin Tyler/Alan Smith
Stuck with shocking Derek Rae and Lee Dixon commentary
- [email protected] F :flag_black: (@davey_lad) October 7, 2020
Although VERY irrelevant, getting rid of Martin Tyler and Alan Smith and not getting a proper replacement ( Peter Drury and @jimbeglin ) has to go down as the worst thing EA has ever done :joy:
- Moos3 (@elliotmoos3) October 7, 2020
Did anyone actually know that Martin Tyler and Alan Smith aren't the commentators in FIFA 21?
Because I certainly didn't. Feel like EA kept that quiet on purpose...? #FIFA21
- Paul Haggerty (@PaulHag87) October 7, 2020
Away from the default commentators and for the first time ever in the series, a female voice will feature in FIFA 21.
Nira Juanra, who works as a presenter and reporter for Gol Television on La Liga and Champions League, will make history in the Spanish edition on the popular football video game.
The 41-year old has previously provided coverage on Formula One and will essentially be the female/Spanish Geoff Shreeves on this year's game when it is released worldwide on October 9.
Spanish presenter Nira Juanco will be the first female commentator in FIFA history. :microphone2:️:flag_es:#FIFA21
- CareerModeStars (@CareerModeStars) August 7, 2020
Having already confirmed her involvement in the game, Juanra will be heard making important announcements regarding substitutions and injuries.
The history-making move will see her join compatriots Manolo Lama, Paco Gonzalez and Antonio Ruiz in calling the action and could well go down as a truly watershed moment for further opportunities.
Thoughts on Tyler and Smith's absence in FIFA 21?
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