03/03/2022; 6:06 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
The heat is on Russia following their incursion and military action against Ukraine. Europe has called on Russia to cease all military action against Ukraine and have continued with several corresponding sanctions.
While talks continue on the way forward, the US, UK and most of Europe are pounding Russia with economic sanctions designed to weaken the resolve of Vladimir Putin. Russian assets have become a target of those opposed to the incursion into Ukraine. Despite these sanctions, Russia has continued to pound Ukraine militarily.
Some of the Russian targets are Roman Abramovich, who has been under increased pressure to sell off his assets in Europe, including a decision to sell Chelsea (insert today’s other link). Alisher Usmanov, a former part-owner of Arsenal, has seen his 512-foot yacht at a shipyard in Hungary worth a reported $600m, seized by German authorities.
While the rest of the world waits with bated breath to see if a cessation of hostilities would happen, more sanctions have continued to hit Russia. The latest to mete out sanctions to Russia is EA Sports, which are looking to remove all Russian clubs and its national team from FIFA 22.
At this juncture, it is safe to say that no nation on earth can afford to live in isolation. Sports had been insulated from world politics but has been dragged full circle into the political skirmishes across the globe.
Following the invasion of Ukraine, UEFA and FIFA have placed sanctions on Russian teams. The football governing bodies recently suspended all Russian national teams and clubs from all competitions by FIFA and UEFA.
Video game developer EA Sports have decided to follow the trend set by UEFA and FIFA. EA Sports wants to remove the Russian national team and all Russian clubs from its latest package FIFA 22. The game developer wants to join the world in standing with Ukraine in their moment of trial.
With more bodies expected to place sanctions on Russia, the European nation is being excommunicated from the rest of the world.
In a statement made recently, EA Sports said they are in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and have sued for peace and a cessation of hostilities between both sides. The game developer reiterated that they are also actively evaluating related changes to other areas of its games.
The statement also said they would keep their communities up to date on any actions taken. They thank the players for their patience as work on these updates continues. Removing an update from FIFA 22 is not new. Since it was released, the Russian debacle is the second time a feature would be taken out of the game. Mason Greenwood was removed from the game following his arrest earlier this year.
The Manchester United forward was axed from the latest update and suspended from appearing in FIFA Ultimate Team packs and Ultimate Draft.