EA Sports has announced that it will remove some player celebrations from FIFA 21 after players complained of “toxic” behavior.
The referenced gestures were the use of a single finger to the lips implying a shhh, and the OK gesture which was added to a list of hate symbols and is linked to a white supremacist expression according to the Anti-Defamation League. .
Players have complained to FIFA 21 owners EA Sports, who added that goal celebrations will be shortened in an effort to speed up the game.
EA Sports said in a statement, “The community has told us there is toxic behavior in the game and we wanted to make sure we remove it.
“We took out some of the celebrations that people thought were not the best idea to have in the game.
“The flow is shorter, which is to try and get you to play most of the time instead of just waiting.
“Overall, the intention is just to keep you playing instead of doing other things that may not be necessary in the game.”
The new FIFA 21 is due out on October 9 and will feature on the cover of France and the Paris Saint-Germain forward. Kylian Mbappé.