Premier League giants players can’t be selected for Team of the Season
EA Sports have snubbed Chelsea players by excluding them from their shortlist for the Premier League Team of the Season.
Fans of the hugely popular FIFA series can currently vote on the best starting XI of the current English season until May 6.
As it stands, however, blues icons such as Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and N’Golo Kante cannot be selected as they were not included in the nominees – although Crystal Palace star Conor Gallagher, on loan from West Londoners, can.
EA Sports has also not released any version of Chelsea on the Ultimate Team platform since owner Roman Ambramovich, who has since put the club up for sale, was sanctioned by the UK government for alleged links to Russian President Vladimir. Putin in response to the Russian army. operation in Ukraine.
Leading candidates to form the team of the season include Liverpool and Manchester City’s Brazilian goalkeeping duo Alisson and Ederson at the expense of Chelsea shot-stopper Edouard Mendy.
With Chelsea defenders Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta frozen, the Liverpool and City quartet of Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo could all benefit.
In midfield, rebuffs for Havertz, Kante and Mount could find Fabinho plus Kevin De Bruyne and Declan Rice enlightened.
Given his unflattering campaign since returning to Stamford Bridge in a record £97.5m ($125m) transfer from Inter Milan last summer, Romelu Lukaku is unlikely challenged Mohamed Salah, Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane. front.
These developments come about two months after EA Sports revealed it would remove Russian teams and clubs from its FIFA and NHL games in sync with a similar FIFA ban preventing them from participating in international competitions. such as the recent World Cup qualifying semi-final and final. eventually won by Poland.
“In agreement with our partners at FIFA and UEFA, EA Sports has initiated processes to remove the Russian national team and all Russian clubs from EA Sports FIFA products, including: FIFA 22, FIFA Mobile and FIFA Online. We are also actively evaluating related changes to other areas of our games,” he said in a statement at the time.
“We will keep our communities informed of any actions taken and thank players for their patience as we work on these updates,” EA Sports has concluded.
The Russian Football Union (RFU) appealed the FIFA and UEFA ban to the Court of Arbitration (CAS) for Sport, with a first rejection meaning Poland qualified for the Qatar 2022 final , where they beat the Czech Republic 2-0 in Warsaw, was upheld.
In May, a final decision is expected on whether the Russian women’s team can travel to England for Euro 2022, and the RFU has also expressed interest in hosting the men’s Euro 2028 or 2032 competitions. .
As for Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel’s charges can end their season with a bang, and possibly under new ownership if a sale has been overseen by the British government, by making up for their Champions League and Premier League disappointments by beating Liverpool in the FA. Cup. final on May 14.