Footballers And Their Scandals: Will Samuel Eto'o Be Removed From FUT?

Trouble with the police instead of performing on the pitch. We show you football players who may soon no longer be part of FIFA Ultimate Team. After Mason Greenwood and Marc Overmars got officially removed, Samuel Eto'o could follow.
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Greenwood's career seems to be over | © EA Sports

Every year, there are players who are in the game at the start of FIFA and then are removed over the course of the season. We're showing you players who are already out of FIFA 22 - and those who may be removed soon.

Benjamin Mendy was already banned before the release. The Manchester City left-back is rightly no longer in FIFA Ultimate Team, as he was facing rape allegations. His trial was in January. He was released on bail. However, the allegations continue to exist and the process is continuing. He probably won't be back in FIFA 22.

Tax Fraud: Samuel Eto'o Pleads Guilty

Almost a classic in the world of football nowadays (how sad is that). The legendary Samuel Eto'o (Icon in FIFA 22) was sentenced to 22 months imprisonment on four cases of tax fraud. His price range in FUT has already been adjusted by EA so that no shoddy trading can be done.

The three-time Champions League winner (2x Barca, 1x Inter) has pleaded guilty, has to pay a fine and thereby escapes the jail experience. So, we can say that Eto'o will not be removed from FUT 22. It's just sad, what heroes of our childhood sometimes pull off. You'd think they would be better than that, but the list of players who seem to have lost control of their private lives is long...

Santi Mina Sentenced To Four Years In Prison

FC Prison welcomes its newest member! Celta Vigo's Santi Mina has been sentenced to four years in prison in Spain. The striker is accused of sexual abuse towards a woman from 2017. The prosecution demanded eight years imprisonment, half of that demand has now been granted. Mina allegedly raped a woman in a caravan, the Spaniard can still appeal.

At the time, Santi Mina was still under contract with Valencia FC. He is irrelevant in FIFA anyway, we can't and don't want to do anything with his 77 card! EA has to remove Santi Mina from FIFA 22 as soon as possible, and give FC Prison their new player. Celta Vigo has already removed his striker from the squad, wants to end his contract asap. That's it for his career—quite rightly, we think.

Quincy Promes In Court – Charged With Murder And Drug Trafficking

Winger Quincy Promes is on trial in his homecountry Netherlands for drug trafficking and murder. The 30-year-old was arrested in December 2020. Promes spent two nights in jail after his arrest and has denied all charges.

He is accused of stabbing his own cousin
It is said that he's confessed to the crime in a telephone conversation. If the allegations prove true, there is no doubt that he must be removed from FIFA Ultimate Team.

After EA wants to remove Russian teams, Promes could soon be no longer found in FUT anyway. He is under contract at Spartak Moscow.

Mason Greenwood Arrested - EA Removes Him From FIFA 22

Mason Greenwood is suspected of sexually abusing his (former) girlfriend. After his club Manchester United suspended him and kit supplier Nike ended their collaboration with the 20-year-old, EA Sports is now reacting and removing Greenwood from FIFA 22.

So far, this only affects the offline modes (i.e., kick-off and career) – he can still be traded in FUT. EA should react here as soon as possible.

If the allegations are confirmed, he will be completely removed from Ultimate Team. Since his existing cards can't be removed this year, he would get completely deleted in FIFA 23.

Sexism Scandal At Ajax: FUT Icon Marc Overmars Fired – EA Suspends Him

He was an outstanding footballer, but as we know, that doesn't protect you from being a jerk. The (now) former football director of Ajax Amsterdam resigned after it was revealed that he "sent a series of inappropriate messages to several female colleagues over an extended period of time." Ajax announced this in an official statement.

Meanwhile, he came up with phrases like "I'm ashamed" or "I didn't realize that I've crossed a line" (typical example of toxic masculinity). Nice try, but firing him is the right thing to do for the club.

EA has responded and removed Overmas from FIFA 22.

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EA's statement about Overmars. | © EA Sports

Abuse Allegations Against Ilombe Mboyo - No Longer Plays For Gent

On the night of January 15th/16th, Ilombe Mboyo allegedly abused a woman – he has been arrested on that suspicion already and has not been part of the KAA Gent first team since then. What happens to the Belgian in real life will probably also determine what happens to him in Ultimate Team.

However, this is not the first time that Ilombe Mboyo made some extremely negative headlines… In 2004, he was involved in the gang rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Just… WTF. It's such a shame that he was even allowed to set foot on the pitch again after this incident. It's quite sad how little these tragedies matter to some football clubs – they don't care and are only interested in their players' skills.

Kurt Zouma Abuses His Cats – RSPCA Takes Them Away

Yes, you read that right. In a short clip, the 27-year-old Frenchman from West Ham United is seen kicking his cats with his foot. He also knocks a cat out of his child's hand – and aims at the animal's face.

A lot of footballers are just millionaires who think they can do anything. Best of all is Zouma's ridiculous attempt at apology: “I want to say how deeply sorry I am to anyone who was upset by the video. Our two cats are perfectly fine and healthy. They are loved and cherished by our entire family, and this behavior was an isolated incident that will not happen again.”

An isolated incident. Looks like it. If you drop your cat out of your hand to kick it away with your foot just once, then it's okay. Our mistake.

After the clip went viral, the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has taken the animals away from him.

Karim Benzema Receives Probation – Will He Be Removed From Ultimate Team?

Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema might be canceled by EA. The Frenchman was on trial for trying to blackmail former teammate Mathieu Valbuena with an intimate video in 2015.

Now, a judge handed Benzema a one-year suspended jail term and ordered him to pay a €75,000 (£63,000; $84,000) fine.

It's just unbelievable that a multimillionaire got involved in such a shoddy story. It's actually also unbelievable that the goalscorer is celebrated in a sporty way, while he is such a failure off the pitch.

But well … if we judged our idols by their behavior, we would have probably canceled Cristiano Ronaldo for quite a while now.

Benzema doesn't really have to go to jail, though. The sum is a trifle for him, the detention is being appealed.

Lucas Hernandez Avoids Jail Time – Could He Still Be Cancelled in FUT?

Bayern Munich star Lucas Hernandez had to stand trial in Madrid. The French faced a prison sentence for disregarding a restraining order from his current wife. He avoids the jail time.

Instead, he had to pay 96,000 euros. But the story is incredibly curious. If EA wants to maintain a clean image, he could be removed this season.

Everton Suspended Sigurdsson – Why Is He Still In Ultimate Team?

The story of the former Premier League star is terrible. The 31-year-old is suspected of molesting children and has logically been suspended by Everton FC.

Why Mendy is out, and Sigurdsson is still in, is a mystery to us. However, the central attacking midfielder could soon no longer be available in FUT. And rightly so.

Bissouma in Custody – Will EA Remove Him?

Brighton & Hove Albion's Yves Bissouma was escorted out of a nightclub by police in handcuffs in October. He is said to have sexually assaulted a woman.

Latest news is, that his bail has been extended.

EA didn't comment on the incident and leaves the central defensive midfielder in the game. Should the case be further investigated, he could also be removed from the game.

What is FC Prison in FIFA 22?

The community (for example, on Reddit) is now jokingly saying that so many professionals are on trial that it is almost enough to create a whole club.

Of course, the allegations against the stars are not really funny - but the sympathy for the blasé multimillionaires (and that's putting it mildly) is limited. So, FC Prison includes players who are either already out of Ultimate Team, or who could be out soon.

Either way, EA should react and closely monitor the incidents and court hearings. Because among them are cases that are not funny at all and if the allegations are confirmed, these players should no longer be in a sports game (which we all play mainly for fun).