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Thirteen female footballers from Mexico, Canada and Spain have been removed from the Fifa 16 roster because their inclusion could affect their chances of participating in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sanctioned athletics at the American schools they currently or are due to attend.

The NCAA ruling has forced the removal of the players, who would have been among the very first women to be included in a football video game as part of EA's historic new feature for Fifa 16. EA is not happy about the development.

"We do not agree with this position," it said in a statement. "All rights were secured following standard protocol with national governing bodies and federations, and none of these NCAA student athletes or potential student athletes were to be individually compensated by EA Sports for their inclusion in the game.

"We believe this decision denies these 13 athletes the opportunity to represent their countries in the game, but we have removed them from Fifa 16 to ensure there is no risk to their eligibility."

The players who will be removed are...

  • Kadeisha Buchanan, Canada
  • Jessie Fleming, Canada
  • Ashley Lawrence, Canada
  • Janine Beckie, Canada
  • Rebecca Quinn, Canada
  • Sura Yekka, Canada
  • Celia Jiménez, Spain
  • Tanya Samarzich, Mexico
  • Greta Espinoza, Mexico
  • Christina Murillo, Mexico
  • Amanda Perez, Mexico
  • Emily Alvarado, Mexico
  • Maria Sanchez, Mexico

Fifa 16 will be released on Thursday 24 September on PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and mobile devices.

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