Diego Maradona set to be removed from FIFA 22 over trademark row

By Amreen
Diego Maradona is set to be removed from FIFA 22
Diego Maradona is set to be removed from FIFA 22 / Ricardo Ceppi/GettyImages

Diego Maradona could find himself removed from FIFA 22's Ultimate Team following an Argentine court ruling.

The legendary footballer who passed away last November features on FIFA 22 Ultimate Team as a high-rated FUT Icon card, but is set to be removed from the game due to a trademark issue.

Maradona has three variations representing different parts of his career, but according to Infobae per Eurogamer, Sattvica, the company of lawyer Matías Morla, has had a trademark claim recognised by a judge.

The report adds that EA Sports had reached an agreement over the usage of Maradona in FIFA 22 with his former manager, Stefano Ceci. But it has not been proven that Ceci had the authority to sign the document, and that could result in Maradona being completely removed from the game.

The news comes shortly after EA announced that they are reviewing their naming rights agreement with FIFA, and a new name, "EA Sports FC" has been making the rounds.

EA Sports executive vice president Cam Weber said: "As we look ahead, we're also exploring the idea of renaming our global EA Sports football games. This means we're reviewing our naming rights agreement with FIFA, which is separate from all our other official partnerships and licenses across the football world."