It’s no secret to the football world by now that Adam Johnson has found himself facing jail time. The former Sunderland player was found guilty of sexual activity with a minor and has been released by his club. Now that he’s no longer an active player, developers and publishers for the three major football/soccer games have announced plans to purge his likeness and data from their systems. Sega and Konami have already purged Johnson from Football Manager 2016 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2016, respectively. EA is working on doing so for FIFA 16, but the company is running into difficulty.
EA initially told Digital Spy earlier this week that a team update was released last month that removed Johnson, but technical issues prevent them from fully removing him from every game version and mode. The company has since refined its statement when speaking to Gamespot. The FIFA team has already taken the ex-player off of the England and Sunderland squads, but they need more time to fully remove Johnson from the game.
Other players are still in place, so any updates coming to your preferred football game should only be removing Adam Johnson. He faces anywhere from four to ten years in prison after being found guilty of sexual activity with a 15 year-old girl, so it’s understandable why Sunderland and game developers would want to distance themselves. Football Manager and Pro Evolution Soccer fans should already find their Sunderland clubs without Adam Johnson anywhere to be seen. FIFA players will have to wait a while before Johnson is fully removed.