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FIFA 21: EA removes celebrations that are ‘toxic’

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FIFA 21, the upcoming title of the renowned football sim series will not feature certain celebrations from its previous titles. The publishers EA SPORTS has confirmed that two celebrations, the  ‘Shush’ and ‘A-OK’ will be removed from the game, as they have been tagged as ‘toxic’.

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FIFA games feature tons of post goal celebrations that players can manually perform after scoring against the AI opponent or in multiplayer. First initiated all the way back in FIFA 09, there are a number of preset celebrations that can be performed by a combination of keys. Some iconic players also feature their signature celebrations, such as Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘SIUUUU’, Kylian Mbappe’s ‘Little Brother’ or Antoine Griezmann’s ‘Hotline Bling’.

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However, the ‘Shush’ and ‘A-OK’, have been earning a bad rep in the FIFA community for being used in insulting and toxic behaviours, with a number of players complaining about them.

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EA removes ‘Shush’ and ‘A-OK’ celebrations from FIFA 21

The ‘Shush’ has been infamous as to express rejoice over the defeat of an opponent player, and has been detested by a huge chunk of FIFA community over the years. In addition to annoy the players, it has also been used as a tool to waste time, as players can run across the pitch while ‘shushing’ after scoring.

In the same notion comes the ‘A-OK’ one, made famous by Tottenham Hotspur ace Dele Alli back in 2018, has earned an entirely different kind of condemnation. The gesture that went viral as the ‘Dele Alli Challenge’ back in 2018, resembles the ‘OK’ sign, which was added to the Anti-Defamation League’s list of hate symbols for being a symbol of white supremacy last year.

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Alli himself stopped using the celebration, and now the game follows suit.

FIFA 21: EA removes celebrations that are 'toxic' - THE SPORTS ROOM
(L) Shush and (R) A-OK: The two celebrations that have been banned in FIFA 21 (Image Courtesy: EA SPORTS)

“We were told by the community that there’s toxic behaviours in the game, and we wanted to make sure we removed them,” said Sam Rivera, the lead gameplay producer of FIFA 21,“so we removed some of the celebrations that people thought were not the best idea to have in the game.”

“The intention there is just to keep you playing instead of doing other things that may not be necessary in the game,” Rivera added.

FIFA 21 will be released on 9th October 2020 on Microsoft Windows, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and the Xbox Series X.

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Saikat Banerjee
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A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.
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