Why has Marco van Basten has been faraway from Fifa 20? The …

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Marco van Basten was suspended by Fox Sports after Nazi-related on-air comments, and has now been removed from Fifa 20’s Ultimate Team mode

By David Hughes

Tuesday, 3rd December 2019, 11:12 am

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Marco van Basten (born 1964), Dutch footballer and manager

Why has Marco van Basten has been removed from Fifa 20? The …

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Marco van Basten was heard off camera saying ‘sieg heil’ during a live Dutch TV broadcast (Photo: Getty Images)

Retired Dutch striker Marco van Basten has been removed as an “Icon” player in Fifa 20 Ultimate Team after making Nazi-related comments as a pundit.

Why has Marco van Basten has been removed from Fifa 20? The …

The 55-year-old, considered one of the great footballers of the modern era, was suspended by the Dutch branch of the Fox Sports network after saying “sieg heil” while working as an analyst.

EA Sports, the creators of the Fifa video game series, cited their “commitment to equality and diversity” in pulling Van Basten from its flagship mode – here’s everything you need to know.

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What did Marco van Basten say?

Van Basten made the comments when covering a fixture between Heracles Almelo and Ajax on Saturday 23 November.

He was heard off camera saying “sieg heil” – a German phrase meaning “hail victory” which carries strong connotations with Nazi rallies – after Fox Sports presenter Hans Kraay interviewed Heracles’ German manager Frank Wormuth.

Van Basten apologised on air, saying: “I didn’t mean to shock people, I just wanted to ridicule Hans’ German, but I’m sorry.”

He later added: “Life is like football. Sometimes you score, sometimes you miss. But if you miss, that does not mean that you are a bad person.”

Van Basten was part of an all-conquering Milan side in the late 1980s (Photo: AFP via Getty Images)

Fox Sports described the pundit’s comments as “stupid and inappropriate”, suspending the former striker until Saturday 7 December.

The broadcaster added that Van Basten “did not want to hurt anyone deliberately, apologised and accepted the consequences”.

Van Basten’s appearance fee will reportedly be donated to the Dutch Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

‘Commitment to equality and diversity’

EA Sports issued an explanatory message to Fifa 20 gamers: “We are aware of the recent comments made by Marco van Basten.

“We have an expectation that our commitment to equality 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.”

Van Basten featured on Fifa 20’s flagship Ultimate Team mode as an Icon player (Photo: EA Sports)

Van Basten scored 24 goals for the Netherlands during a career which, although ravaged by injuries, saw him become one of the foremost strikers of his generation.

He won three Serie A titles and two European Cups as part of an all-conquering Milan side in the late 80s, and scored one the great goals of all time as the Dutch triumphed in the 1988 European Championships.

The striker was included on Fifa 20 Ultimate Team as one of the rare, highly-prized Icon cards alongside the likes of Pelé, Zinedine Zidane, Bobby Moore and Diego Maradona.

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