Zlatan Ibrahimovic vs EA Sports Fifa : EA Sports clarify ongoing deal with AC Milan to refute Zlatan’s claims
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has over the years gained reputation as a person who never minces his words. His vociferous and boisterous nature has seen him speak brazenly on a string of issues and the AC Milan striker managed to grab the limelight once again with his tirade at EA Sports.
Taking to Twitter, Ibrahimovic had claimed that EA Sports were using his name and image rights in FIFA 21 without his proper permission. Terming the move has a breach of the law, Ibrahimov had said that his face was being used to make profits without him being in the knowhow.
With the issue blowing up ever since, EA Sports have been quick to ensure that the fire wasn’t furthered fuelled. The organisation confirmed that they are AC Milan’s current official gaming partners, a deal which offers them a right to use the image rights of all personnel contracted at the club.
EA Sports Responds To Ibrahimović’s Allegations
“FIFA is the football video game world leader and to create an authentic experience, year after year we work with numerous leagues, teams and talents to ensure the similarity rights of the players we include,” EA Sports said in a statement.
“One of them is a longstanding relationship with the global representative of professional footballers, Fifpro, which collaborates with a number of licensees to negotiate agreements for the benefit of athletes and their unions.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Questions FIFA Over His Image Rights
Zlatan Ibrahimovic had earlier in the week taken to Twitter to question EA Sports over the usage of his image and name in the 2021 edition of FIFA.
“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 manoeuvre. And for sure I never allowed @FIFAcom or Fifpro to make money using me.” he wrote.
“Somebody is making profit on my name and face without any agreement all these years. Time to investigate.”
Agent Mino Raiola Threatens To Take EA Sports To Court
His agent Mino Raiola backed him up, tweeting: “@EASPORTS it is 10 years you are dodging me on the rights of players questions. Maybe now you will reply, or only in Court?”
“@FIFPro and @ACMilan do not have players individual rights as I’m sure you know and we’ve told you many times @easports,” he added in a second tweet.