Mino Raiola Reveals 300 Players Are Ready to Join Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Fight With FIFA Over Image Rights

Nov 27, 2020, 1:29 PM GMT+5:30
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has led a backlash against the use of his image on the latest FIFA game | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Super-agent Mino Raiola has claimed that at least 300 players are willing to join Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a potential legal battle with EA Sports over their image usage rights in FIFA 21 which was released earlier this year.

The Milan star hit out at EA Sports as well as FIFPro earlier this week on Twitter, ordering an investigation into who permitted the game to use his name and face. Gareth Bale echoed his support, and Raiola admitted this could be 'the beginning of something new'.

Raiola, who is the Swede's agent, told The Telegraph: "It won't just be Zlatan or Gareth Bale. We have around 300 requests from players. We will go until the end, if necessary, against FIFA and FIFPro and everybody who sells rights they don't have.

"The question is very simple: FIFA and FIFPro are profiting from the rights that EA Sports happily buy from them but they buy rights that they don't have. The individual image rights of the player are not with FIFA, FIFPro or AC Milan. They belong to the player himself.

"If EA Sports wants to continue the business like they do we will bring them to court but not only that we will bring to court everyone who is selling the rights that they don't have. So if that is FIFPro, that's FIFPro. If that is FIFA, that's FIFA."

Ibrahimovic's tweet read: "Who gave FIFA EA Sport permission to use my name and face? @FIFPro? I'm not aware to be a member of FIFPro and if I am I was put there without any real knowledge through some weird manouver.

"And for sure I never allowed @FIFAcom or FIFPro to make money using me. Somebody is making profit on my name and face without any agreement all these years. Time to investigate."

FIFPro told The Mirror in a firm statement: "In light of recent media reports, FIFPro wishes to clarify the manner in which it obtains the image rights of players, and its role in defending the employment rights of professional footballers worldwide.

"FIFPro, a not-for-profit organisation, acquires image rights via player unions in nearly 60 countries. These rights are made available to Electronic Arts and other clients in the video gaming industry. FIFPro is reaching out to the players and their representation that have recently raised concerns so we can address their questions."