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Marco van Basten removed from FIFA after on-air comments

The Dutch legend was caught making a "stupid and inappropriate" remark on-air, and EA has acted swiftly.

Marco van Basten may be a Dutch legend of the beautiful game of football, but as reported by GamesRadar, he has been removed from EA Sports' FIFA 20 after using the Nazi phrase "Sieg Heil" during a Fox Sports broadcast of Ajax's match against Heracles last week.

This means you won't see the icon's cards in packs or the Ultimate Team draft, and here is what EA had to say on the matter via the official statement in-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."

Fox Sports has since said his comments were "stupid and inappropriate", donating his fee for the show to a Dutch organisation promoting knowledge of the Second World War, and van Basten himself claims that the comments were simply made to mock Heracles' manager Frank Wormuth's German accent. He's also been suspended by Fox Sports as a result, as reported by Sky Sports.

It's important to note that you can still obtain van Basten's cards via the transfer market, so he's not been totally removed from the game.

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