Footballing legend Marco van Basten removed from FIFA packs
Dutch football colossus Marco van Basten has been removed from FIFA packs following a controversial Nazi joke.
Year-on-year Electronic Arts (EA) generates most of its revenue through its flagship Ultimate Team mode on its hit football simulation title.
It is often criticised for the predatory nature of ‘packs’ – which are essentially loot boxes – which enable users to obtain rare cards.
The cards represent real life stars such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo who are rated 94 and 93 respectively.
It utilises in-game currency known as FUT coins (named after the mode) with the world’s best often costing roughly a million.
Several years ago Xbox users exclusively had ‘Legends’ cards which are based on ex footballers who achieved much success or popularised the game in their native country.
Soon enough these cards also made their way to PlayStation, though they are now known as ‘Icon’ cards.
One such Icon is Marco van Basten who became a triple Ballon d’Or winner back in 1992.
He received much acclaim for his spells at Dutch giants Ajax and Italy’s AC Milan, as well as his efforts on the international stage.
He won three Eredivisie titles and the Cup Winners’ Cup with Ajax, three Serie A titles and two European Cups with AC Milan alongside the UEFA Euro 1988 trophy with the Netherlands.
During his prolific career the striker netted more than 300 goals for club and country but was forced into an early retirement at the age of 28 following a serious ankle injury.
He subsequently went on to become the head coach for both Ajax and the Netherlands.
Recently, the legendary former pro footballer appeared as an analyst for Fox Sports Europe where he ended up making an ill-judged joke, quipping ‘Sieg Heil‘ while a colleague was interviewing a German presenter. He was quick to apologise, claiming he believed his microphone was off before describing his actions as “stupid and inappropriate”.
Several fans were upset by the comments and Fox Sports banned him from being live on air until December 7.
However, the repercussions didn’t end there. EA has now removed him from Ultimate Team packs.
Logging on to the servers, users received the following message:
“We are aware of the recent comments made by Marco van Basten. We have an expectation that our commitment to equality and diversity is upheld across our game. As such, we will suspend Marco van Basten ICON items from being available in packs, SBCs (squad building challenges) and FUT draft until further notice.”
While people can no longer obtain his card through packs, he is still currently available on the in-game transfer market since owners of the card would be hard done by if he was removed altogether.
It is unclear whether van Basten has been permanently removed from packs or whether it is temporary.
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