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Defence secretary calls for ban on "tasteless" Medal of Honor

Liam Fox "disgusted and angry" about option to play as Taliban in EA shooter

British Defence Secretary Liam Fox has asked retailers not to stock EA's "tasteless" upcoming reboot of the Medal of Honor franchise.

The Conservative MP joins a number of voices who have expressed concern that players may take the role of Taliban troops and earn points for slaying Coalition soldiers in the modern combat title's multiplayer mode.

"It's shocking that someone would think it acceptable to recreate the acts of the Taliban," said Fox. "At the hands of the Taliban, children have lost fathers and wives have lost husbands.

"I am disgusted and angry. It's hard to believe any citizen of our country would wish to buy such a thoroughly un-British game. I would urge retailers to show their support for our armed forces and ban this tasteless product."

EA has previously attempted to defend the controversial mode, equating the role of insurgents in the game to robbers, pirates or aliens. "Someone's gotta be the Taliban," said a statement.

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