Super-agent Mino Raiola reveals 300 players are ready to join Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his fight with EA Sports over use of their image in popular video game… as he hits out at ‘slave drivers’ FIFA
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic said ‘somebody is making profit’ from him in EA Sports’ FIFA
- He ordered an investigation into who permitted game to use his name and face
- His agent, Mino Raiola, claims 300 players are now ready to join the fight
- EA Sports claim that Ibrahimovic’s problem lies with players’ union FIFPro
At least 300 players are prepared to join Zlatan Ibrahimovic in considering legal action over the use of their image in EA Sports’ FIFA series, claims agent Mino Raiola.
The AC Milan striker has threatened a huge row that could engulf the sport after he called out FIFPro and the FIFA video game series on Twitter on Monday night as he ordered an investigation into who permitted the game to use his name and face.
Gareth Bale soon tweeted his support of Ibrahimovic, and Raiola has claimed that this is ‘the beginning of something new’ and a ‘revolution to rewrite the system’.
Mino Raiola claims 300 players are ready to join Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his fight with EA Sports
Ibrahimovic has led a backlash against the use of his image on the latest FIFA game by EA
Raiola 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.
‘This is one of the biggest disgraces involving Fifa who want to weaken the players to become slaves. But I will not allow that. Zlatan is not a marionette; Zlatan is not someone you can tell to do something he doesn’t want to do.
‘The nice thing about this is that it is being brought by players. He is committed to the cause.
‘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.’
FIFA 21 hit the shops in October as the latest iteration of EA Sports’ flagship franchise
Raiola has claimed that this is ‘the beginning of something new’ and a ‘revolution to rewrite the system’
Ibrahimovic threatened a major row with the award-winning and hugely popular FIFA series when he tweeted this week: ‘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…
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