We’ve learned EA removed a Manchester United player from FIFA 22 following his arrest this week for rape allegations and other charges.
Mason Greenwood was arrested on Sunday when police became privy to his “online social media images and videos posted by a woman reporting incidents of physical violence,” per the BBC, which led to the news that EA removed a Manchester United player from FIFA 22.
The woman Greenwood was posting online about was his former girlfriend, who posted a series of graphic images and audio recordings to her Instagram page, leading to the allegations of violence.
In response to the allegations EA Sports have removed Greenwood nearly entirely from the latest in their soccer franchise, removing him from all active squads and even suspending his player card from their Ultimate Team packs. Existing cards of Greenwood cannot be removed, though.
Sports Interactive has not yet made a decision as to Mason Greenwood’s status in Football Manager 2022 and will not do so until the findings of the current police investigation are made public.
On previous occasions where players have been suspended by their clubs under similar circumstances, we have removed them from the game at the earliest opportunity.
Considering the nature of the arrest and the potential court hearing with Greenwood’s actions, the player has been suspended by his club.
Manchester United said in a statement that “Mason Greenwood will not return to training or play matches until further notice.” Nike also suspended their lucrative sponsorship with the player as well noting they are “deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation.”
FIFA 22 is now available for Windows PC (via Steam), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Stadia.