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EA Sports Removes Diego Maradona From FIFA 22 After Legal Dispute

Diego Maradona Argentina 1990 FIFA World Cup
Diego Maradona Argentina 1990 FIFA World Cup / Getty Images/GettyImages

EA Sports has suspended Diego Maradona from appearing in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team packs, FUT Draft, and the Soccer Aid World XI Team after a outside legal dispute. In a statement, EA Sports said, "We have always included Maradona’s likeness and image under valid license agreements, first with Mr. Maradona himself and later with the company entitled to license Maradona’s image rights worldwide."

"We share our fans’ disappointment and hope to bring one of football’s greatest icons back in the game at some point in the future,"  EA added in the statement. Those who already have Maradona in their FIFA Ultimate Team club will not have the card removed from their account, and on the transfer market, all of Maradona's player items will be at a fixed price range until further notice.

Maradona was first included in the FIFA Ultimate Team game mode in EA Sports FIFA 18, with the Argentine featuring as a new FUT Icon along with Ronaldo Nazário, Ronaldinho, Thierry Henry and Lev Yashin. Back in August 2021, Argentinian news website Infobae, via Eurogamer, reported that a judge recognized a trademark rights claim on Maradona by Sattvica, the company of lawyer Matías Morla.

The article stated that EA had apparently made a deal with Maradona's former manager Stéfano Ceci, who reportedly could not prove he had legal powers to sign such documents, which may lead to Maradona being removed from the game entirely, which has since been the case.