FIFA 22 substitute Maradona amid thorny rights dispute over his portrait

FIFA 22 substitute Maradona amid thorny rights dispute over his portrait

FIFA 22 substitute Maradona amid thorny rights dispute over his portrait


Football: A beautiful game and, sadly, one of the dirtiest. So much money was squandered at the top that corruption and scandals are as much a part of football history as it was in Italy in the 90s. Hence the news that the late Diego Maradona, one of the greatest players of all time, is now out of EA’s FIFA 22. what is the reason? Tricky licensing disputes over who has the right to profit from him.

Launch FIFA 22 and you will get the following message:

“Due to a third-party legal dispute, we have to suspend Diego Maradona from the FIFA Ultimate Team Packs, Ultimate Draft and Soccer Aid World XI teams.

“As a result, Diego Maradona’s iconic items will no longer be available in Set, SBC and FUT Draft, with a fixed price range until further notice.

“We share the fans’ disappointment and hope to bring one of football’s greatest icons back to the game at some point in the future.”

Last year, an Argentine court paved the way, ruling that EA negotiated portrait rights with a person who did not hold them: Stefano Ceci, Maradona’s former manager. But it’s only part of a larger legal battle involving Maradona’s children and a company called Sattvica, run by Maradona’s former lawyer, Matias Mora. Morla) jointly owned.

(Image credit: Electronic Arts)

Sattvica was established in 2015, shortly after Maradona signed his brand and image rights to Morla. Diego Maradona passed away in November 2020. After that, Sattvica claimed it owned the rights to his brand and likeness, and has since filed lawsuits worldwide to assert the claim.

Back and forth between Sattvica and Maradona’s daughters Dalma Nerea Maradona Villafane and Dinorah Gianina Maradona Villafane. It’s all quite unpleasant. The sisters accused Mora of “betrayal, dishonesty and abuse” in managing the star’s rights after his death. For his part, Mora said they “dumped” their father and filed a complaint alleging digital bullying.

There have been various lawsuits: the latest, filed in Florida earlier this year, alleges the couple profited from their father’s name (as reported by IPTech).

Beautiful game. I’m giving context to emphasize that this situation may not be resolved for a long time. As the greatest player in history, Maradona’s branding rights are a gold mine and will likely remain so for a long time to come: The legal battle is here to stay. And no matter how big a video game is, no matter how much money it can throw at it, you can’t buy those rights until it’s clear who owns them.

So the unthinkable happened: Maradona was on the bench and would stay that way for a long time. Even predictably, the death of the golden boy was accompanied by a quarrel about owning what was in his life, and it was all pretty tragic.

As the video game FIFA has become increasingly intertwined with real-world sports over the past decade, publisher EA has also had to deal with some of the unpleasant realities of real-world football: recent examples include removing An alleged Manchester United player raped and completely cancelled Russia and Belarus squads after Ukraine war.

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Bart Thompson
Bart is's List Writer . He is from Houston, Texas, and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in creative writing, majoring in non-fiction writing. He likes to play The Elder Scrolls Online and learn everything about The Elder Scrolls series.