Manchester City’s defender, Benjamin Mendy has been removed from FIFA’22 following allegations of rape and sexual assault placed against him.
In a statement to media outlet The Athletic, EA Sports the publisher of the FIFA series revealed that “as Benjamin Mendy has been removed from the active rosters of both Manchester City and the French National team, in FIFA 22 he has also been removed from respective rosters and suspended from appearing in FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) packs and Ultimate Draft while he is awaiting trial.”
“The changes in FUT were made the day after the launch of the EA Play early access trial resulting in some players having access to Mendy in packs before the suspension kicked in.” An EA spokesperson added.
Players of the popular sports game noticed Mendy was still involved in the game during EA Play’s early access part of the game. But EA has since removed him from their game as per the above quote.
Mendy’s trial will not go ahead until January 24, 2022, and he is currently remanded in custody.
The 27-year-old was arrested in August under suspicion of four counts of rape and one of sexual assault. Manchester City has suspended the player subject to an investigation.