The former player said ‘Sieg Heil’ live after an interview with a German, a phrase used by the Nazis in Third Reich Germany.
The Dutchman Marco van Basten is a football legend and is considered one of the best strikers in history, but that has not prevented Electronic Arts from quickly eliminating the FIFA 20 player after a controversy related to a Nazi proclamation . At the end of November van Basten was caught by a microphone on the Fox Sports network, where he worked as a commentator, saying Sieg Heil – “save, alive, eternal victory”, a phrase used by the Nazis – after the interview of a Dutch journalist in German Frank Wormuth – current coach of Heracles Almelo.
Electronic Arts has been trying for years to make its FIFA sports series stand out against racism , so this incident has had consequences. “We are aware of the latest comments from Marco Van Basten. Our intention is to capture in the game our commitment to equality and diversity . Therefore, we have decided to suspend the idol articles of Marco Van Basten, so we no longer will be available in packs, DCP and FUT Draft until further notice. ” Fox Sports also suspended Van Basten until December 7 and announced that he would donate his salary to the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies that promotes information about World War II.
An apology that has not helped
The former soccer player apologized shortly after the comment: “It was not my intention to bother anyone, so I apologize for what was said.” However, the comment comes at a very delicate moment, with problems of racism in the stadiums that for example led to stop a match between Excelsior and Den Bosch. At the moment EA has not given dates for the return of Marco van Basten to FIFA 20 , if he returns.
Marco van Basten has been a legend of the Netherlands . With Ajax Amsterdam he won three leagues, three cups and the European Cup Winners Cup. During his time at AC Milan, he was proclaimed champion of the European Cup twice, d times champion of the European Super Cup, two of the Intercontinental Cup and was several times the league’s champion. In individual titles, three Golden Balls stand out.
Who is Marco van Basten?
- Considered one of the best strikers in history.
- Debut as a player : 1982 (Ajax Amsterdam)
- Position : Forward
- Sports Retreat : 1995 (AC Milan)
- Awards : Golden Ball, FIFA World Player …
- Parents : Leny and Joop van Basten
- Spouse : Liesbeth van Capelleveen (d. 1993)
- Children : Rebecca, Alexander, Deborah
- Name : Marcel van Basten
- Height : 1.88 m