EA has a FIFA player for life after sending racist messages to a former footballer. Patrick O’Brien lost a Ultimate team game with a virtual version of Ian Wright, which led the teenager to send Wright 20 abusive messages on Instagram last May.
O’Brien was charged with the incident. As he pleaded guilty, a judge saved the 18-year-old Irishman from a criminal conviction . The judge admitted that O’Brien was showing legitimate remorse – he apologized to Wright and donated to the Irish Network Against Racism. Although Wright forgave O’Brien, he expressed disappointment with the result.
“Seeing this judgment, I can only wonder what deterrent there is for anyone throwing out this kind of vile racist abuse,” wrote Wright, a retired Premier League winner with Arsenal. because of the color of my skin. No assertion of “naivety” or “immaturity” of a judge will ever be acceptable to us. “
Although O’Brien will not spend time in jail because of his posts, he faces the consequences of his actions elsewhere after his permanent ban from FIFA matches.
“We greatly appreciate [Wright’s] partnership and support, and we also want him to know that he has our support, ”said David Jackson, EA’s FIFA vice president of branding. . “This player behavior was unacceptable at all levels, and we will not tolerate it. Our positive playing charter guides our actions in a situation like this, and we have taken steps to permanently prohibit the player from playing or playing. “Access our games. Racism must end. We are determined to continue our positive play work, through actions that will make our communities fun, fair and safe for all.”
In his podcast, Wright praised EA for sending a message that “be it race, religion, gender, whatever it is, no discrimination will be tolerated.”