Russia Calls for Ban of FIFA 17 Because It Is ‘Too Gay’
Russians MPs want to ban FIFA 17 because it was responsible for promoting “gay propaganda”.
The game’s manufacturer, EA Sports, just introduced a new feature allowing gamers to choose a rainbow-coloured kit for their virtual players in support of LGBT rights group Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign to combat homophobia in sport.
Russian MPs quickly alerted the country’s communications watchdog to suggest this is a breach of a 2013 law that banned “gay propaganda”.
In the letter, MPs from the President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia Party and the Communist Party wrote: “”The FIFA multiplatform video game, developed by EA Canada, invites users to support the action of the English Premier League’s “Rainbow shoelaces” action – a large-scale campaign in support of the LGBT community.
“Meanwhile, according to the law the ‘protection of children from information harmful to their health and development’…includes information that promotes non-traditional sexual relations.”
Valery Rashkin, a Communist Party MP, told Izvestia newspaper: “It is necessary to verify the computer game FIFA 17 for compliance with the stated age group and [ensure] the game [is] in accordance with Russian legislation”.
EA Sports may have to make changes to the game or face “the relevant restrictive measures”, Mr Rashkin added.
Russia introduced the controversial “gay propaganda” law in 2013 in the face of widespread international opposition.