In a published newspaper letter Izvestia, Russian MPs have called for the ban of FIFA 17 over what they suspect as “gay propaganda,” according to a Guardian report.
The Communist MP Valery Rashkin is quoted in the Izvestia article, saying that EA should “introduce changes to the programming code or the age classification of this information product, and if it refuses, adopt corresponding restrictive measures.”
This out-burst was a reply to EA’s support of the Stonewall #RainbowLaces campaign, a UK-based LGBT support campaign, with the tagline “Make Sport Everyone’s Game.”
Where FIFA 17 Players were made to able to claim a free rainbow kit to show their support for the campaign “in-game”, both multiplayer and singleplayer matches.
We’ve kept our ears to the ground and our eyes open, for EA’s comment, though it’s quit unlikely that the company will accept the demands and make adjustment to the FIFA 17 coding. Dragon Age Inquisition included an openly transgender character, and EA-owned Maxis released a patch for The Sims 4 which added further gender customization options, including the addition of gender neutral clothing, voice style, and personality types.
It’s very visible and noteable that the English Premier League itself supports Rainbow Laces, with a large advertising push both online and at events.
This is not the first time the FIFA 17 development team has worked in support of an important cause. In the past, a commemorative badge and kit were released to commemorate the deaths of 71 people that died in a plane crash, including members of the Brazillian soccer team Chapecoense, may heir souls rest in peace.