EA Sports had to suspend the appearance of Diego Armando Maradona in the video game FIFA 22. The Argentine idol was suspended from FIFA Ultimate Team Packs, Ultimate Draft and the Soccer Aid World XI squad.
The decision responds to the “legal dispute of a third party”, for which the icon elements of the champion of Mexico 86 “will no longer be available in packs, SBC and FUT Draft, and their price range has been fixed until further notice” .
“We share our fans’ disappointment and look forward to bringing one of soccer’s greatest icons back to the game at some point in the future,” the California-based developer and publisher said.
Everything is due to a precautionary measure ordered by federal judge Marcelo Gota, who recognized the company Sattvica as the owner of the trademark rights. The portal Infobae He explained that the commercial agreement for the “10” to appear in the title had been signed by Stéfano Ceci, “who could not prove that he had legal powers to sign this type of agreement.”
In this way, he ordered EA Sports “to immediately cease the use of the indicated brands that they are carrying out by any means.”
Sattvica is owned by Argentine lawyer Matías Morla, who regained control of the Maradona brand in mid-2021. The jurist, according to the outlet, is waging an “open war” with the daughters of the Boca Juniors star, Dalma and Gianinna Maradona. .
Morla, who was in charge of Diego Maradona until the day of his death, on November 25, 2020, is criminally accused by the player’s heirs of the illegal use of the brand.