FIFA 13 affected by politics, fans react
Rangers FC were one of two dominant brands in Scottish football and fans of the beautiful game will have heard recent news that this club has been liquidated due to tax discrepancies, facing demotion to the lowest professional level in the country, which is the Third Division and the fourth tier overall. Having to start up again under a new company in the Rangers name we are interested to see what this means for fans who want to play as their favorite team in the upcoming FIFA title.
The old film derby with the other top Glasgow club Celtic has been a highly contested bout full of excitement, and one that both sets of fans look forward to at least twice a year. With the highly successful Rangers out of the Scottish top league many may feel the Celtic’s main competition is gone losing that exciting and fierce rivalry that has been big part of football in the top league.
Playing as Rangers on FIFA against their rivals is much like an Arsenal, Spurs game or a big Milan or Manchester derby and it wasn’t long ago that another big European club was demoted, as Juventus had to play in Serie B for issues with match fixing. It was a different scenario and the team was only dropped down a league and was still accessible to FIFA fans. NintendoLife point out that the problems with Rangers are causing a licensing dilemma for the football game and even though the SPL competition will be included as normal, there is a doubt that Rangers will appear.
This will cause upset among fans as many feel that it will take about three or four years for their team to get back into the top tier providing everything goes well, and although there is a licensing agreement with the SPL, EA are in discussions about the 12th club. Many fans have come up with suggestions like a license for the whole SFL, so fans can play as teams from lower leagues giving them the opportunity to play out the new Rangers rise to the top tier, even through a manager mode.
A separate licensing agreement may be the best way to include them in FIFA 13, although some may feel that EA would be wise to take out some of the lower English leagues and fill up some others as England have four leagues while other countries only have a few teams in the rest of the world bracket. In other FIFA related news the new goal-line technology, which is imminent is being tried out this year with GoalRef and Hawk-Eye both being used and we wrote about how this works and whether this will play a part in the upcoming FIFA 13 to add to the realism of modern day football.
What do you think about Rangers being left out of FIFA 13? Maybe you are a Dundee Utd fan that has benefited from the recent events. What major sporting franchises would you hate to see dropped from a sports game?