EA Sports Removes Russian Teams from FIFA, NHL Video Games

EA Sports is removing Russian teams from its International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) and National Hockey League (NHL) games over the Russian invasion on Ukraine, the video game company announced on March 2.

“In line with our partners at FIFA and [Union of European Football Association], EA Sports has initiated processes to remove the Russian national team and all Russian clubs from FIFA Products including: FIFA 22, FIFA Mobile, and FIFA Online,” EA Sports FIFA announced on Twitter.

In a separate statement, EA Sports NHL announced that they will remove all Russian and national and club teams, as well as Belarusian teams, from NHL 22 “within the coming weeks.”

“We stand with the people of Ukraine and join the voices around the world calling for peace,” the company said.

The actions taken by EA Sports came after suspensions from the international governing body of the sports.

Earlier this week, FIFA and UEFA suspended the Russian national team and clubs from all their competitions “until further notice.”

IIHF on Feb. 28 also suspended all Russian national teams and clubs, as well as those from Belarus, from their events “until further notice” and withdrew Russia’s hosting rights for the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship.


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