Maradona was removed from the mode FUT Of FIFA 22 due to a legal dispute that we told you about a few months ago. Apparently Electronic Arts would have bought the license to bring the football legend into the game from a person not entitled to grant it.
The request of a court in Argentina has therefore been accepted by the American publisher, at least for the moment. “Because of a legal disputewe must suspend Diego Maradona from appearing in the FIFA Ultimate Team packs, the Ultimate Draft and the Soccer Aid World XI team, “a statement read.
“We share the disappointment of our fans regarding this decision and we hope to be able to bring back one of the greatest icons of football in the game in the near future”, concludes the message of Electronic Arts.
“According to reports from Argentine sources, in particular from the Infobae site, it seems that a local judge has found an infringement in the use of the trademark rights linked to the use of the image and characteristics of Maradona”, we wrote last November .
“The problem, according to what this judge reported, is that EA would have made an agreement with Stefano Ceci, who has long looked after Maradona’s interests in the role of manager, but would not have made the necessary agreements with Sattvica, the company of the lawyer Matías Morla, which would have been the only body able to guarantee the use of the name. “
“Morla allegedly assumed control of the brand linked to Maradona last August, but the outlines of the story are still quite confused, considering that a sort of legal battle is underway, which has made the management of the player even more complicated within FIFA 22. “