Iceland left out of FIFA 17 after ‘cash feud’ with EA

If there is any international team that deserves a FIFA 17 licence this year, it’s Iceland. From their amazing Icelandic Viking Thunder-Clap celebration, to their heroics at Euro 2016, Iceland provides a glimmer of hope to all underdogs. 

Unfortunately, the Euro 2016 fan favourites will be absent from FIFA 17 after an unresolved cash dispute between Iceland Football Association and Electronic Arts.

EA’s initial offer of $15,000 US dollars (£11,501) for the official rights was rejected by Iceland. Both parties failed to come to an agreement after EA knocked back Iceland’s counter offer.

“They are the ones buying these rights and they almost want it for free,” said president Geir Thorsteinsson.

“I really feel if we are giving away rights, or offering rights, it has to be proper negotiations and fair fees.”

“I didn’t feel that this was done in a fair and open manner.”

FIFA 17 will hit stores worldwide on the 29th of September.

Ari Charilaou