A legal concern forced Electronic Arts to suspend Diego Maradona of FIFA 22. If this problem were to be solved, we can assume that the publisher would make it a selling point for the next version of its improved card game.
Whether or not we liked Diego Maradona as a player, coach or public figure, no user of FIFA 22 could not escape this recent announcement. Thus, by connecting to the game of EA, a message makes it known that the legendary Argentine attacking midfielder is no longer present in any pack.
“Due to a dispute with a third party, we have to suspend the appearance of Diego Maradona in the FIFA Ultimate Team, Ultimate Draft and Soccer Aid World XI team packs. » “As a result, Diego Maradona icon items will no longer be available in packs, SBCs and FUT Draft, and their price range has been frozen until further notice”is added.
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EA concludes its message with a note of hope:
“We share our fans’ disappointment and hope to bring one of football’s greatest icons back into the game at some point in the future. »
What exactly is the dispute about? Obviously on the image rights of Diego Maradona, which EA had apparently acquired. But last year, an Argentinian court ruled that the publisher had made an agreement with the wrong person, and therefore had to remove the footballer from the game until a new contract was signed.
The first had been concluded with Stefano Ceci, the former manager of Diego Maradona. Except that Stefano Ceci could never prove that he had authority over the player’s image. And if the latter would have granted the rights to the brand “Diego Armando Maradona” to his company Sattvica, the latter had been prohibited from using it in March 2021 following a complaint filed by two of Diego Maradona’s daughters. A ban lifted later in the year, which does not prevent the complainants from continuing to fight on the issue. And if EA addressed them directly to recover the authorization to integrate their father into its games?