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FIFA 20 Removes Dutch Legend Over Nazi Salute

Marco van Basten, legendary soccer player from the Netherlands, has been removed from FIFA 20. This decision came swiftly after van Basten said "Sieg Heil" on the air. This comment was made on a Dutch Fox Sports TV segment that played after Ajax Amsterdam beat SC Heracles Almelo 4-1 in the Eredivisie, Netherlands' most competitive professional soccer league.


Now when you play FIFA Ultimate Team Draft, you won't be able to pull van Basten's card at all. He also won't be in any Squad Building Challenges. In fact, you when you boot up FUT, EA greets you with a statement concerning van Basten's removal from the game.

"We are aware of the recent comments made by Marco van Basten. We have an expectation that our commitment to quality and diversity is upheld across our game. As such, we will suspend Marco van Basten icon items from being available in Packs, SBCs and FUT Draft until further notice," it reads.

Regarding the incident, van Basten defended himself, claiming that the comment he made was in jest. He said it while he was off camera, but the microphones were still hot, so we all could hear it. He was mocking the German accent of Heracles manager Frank Wormuth, but nonetheless, it comes off as a joke made in poor taste.


Van Basten was suspended from the TV network for a week after he made those comments, despite him immediately apologizing for a joke that he calls "stupid and inappropriate." His removal from FIFA 20, however, doesn't have a time limit. As of now, he won't be in the game for the foreseeable future.

For those of you who don't know, van Basten dominated the soccer scene in the 1980s, becoming one of the most successful forwards in the game's history. He has received multiple awards for his work, including the Ballon d'Or, which he won three times in his career.