EA keeps quiet on Andy Gray position
Publisher won't be drawn on whether disgraced Sky pundit will contribute to next FIFA
Electronic Arts has told GamesIndustry.biz that the talent line-up for the next FIFA instalment has yet to be announced, and has refused to be drawn into a discussion on whether sacked Sky Sports pundit - former Scotland international Andy Gray - would be overlooked.
Gray, caught up in controversy over sexist remarks last weekend has had his contract terminated by the broadcaster following the release of further evidence of offensive behaviour, this time towards a female colleague.
Alongside Martin Tyler, the two have featured as FIFA's highly-acclaimed commentary duo in several UK editions of the game in the past - but EA has chosen to keep quiet on whether the controversy would affect that line-up or not.
"EA Sports has not made any announcements about our in-game commentators for FIFA for 2011," read a brief statement in response to an enquiry from GamesIndustry.biz. "Those announcements will be made later this year."
The publisher's not had the best of luck with its Sports talent line-up in the past 18 months, with franchise star Tiger Woods admitting to extra-marital activity which resulted in several major sponsors pulling out of lucrative contracts with him.
EA Sports stood by the golfer at that time, although some analysts later questioned whether a decline in sales was down to a drop in public support for the star.