Russian MP Suggests FIFA 17 Could Be Banned for Promoting LGBT Rights

Sean Fay@@Sean_FayUK Staff WriterDecember 8, 2016

EA Sports' decision to add a rainbow kit to FIFA 17 was applauded by many people, but not everyone was happy with the decision. 

The kit was added to the game to help promote the Rainbow Laces campaign, which is looking to eliminate homophobia from sport. 

However, Russian MPs say the addition of the kit could be against the country's 2013 "anti-gay law." 

Members of president Vladimir Putin's United Russia Party, as well as the Communist Party, have written to Russian's community watchdog raising their concerns. 

They wrote, as per The Independent: 

The FIFA multiplatform video game, developed by EA Canada, invites users to support the action of the English Premier League’s "Rainbow shoelaces" action - a large-scale campaign in support of the LGBT community.

Meanwhile, according to the law the "protection of children from information harmful to their health and development"…includes information that promotes non-traditional sexual relations.

 

One MP, Valery Rashkin, even suggested to Izvestia that the game could be banned, saying EA Sports could face "the relevant restrictive measures" if they did not make changes to the game. 

[Independent

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