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EA deny Iceland's financial offer of $15,000 to be featured in FIFA 17 game

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EA deny Iceland's financial offer of $15,000 to be featured in FIFA 17 game

FIFA 17 will not feature national footballing side Iceland due to a cash row with developers Electronic Arts (EA) states the country's football association (KSI).

Iceland, who knocked England out of Euro 2016, made a counter offer in which they voiced was not accepted by EA. The KSI football association states Electronic Arts financial offer of 15,000 US dollars,  equivalent of £11,501, for their inclusion was below expectations.

"They are the ones buying these rights and they almost want it for free, the performance at the Euros show that we are quite a good team and many would like to play with our team. It's sad for the players - but the criticism should be towards EA Sports" said KSI president Geir Thorsteinsson.

The fee that EA pays teams involved in the video game covers the use of image rights and trademarks.

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

Iceland, ranked 27th in world rankings, have not featured in previous editions of the game, however, were hopeful of getting into the latest version after their success in the running up to the quarter-finals of the European Championship this summer.

A total of 47 men's international sides, including all of the home nations, will feature.

India, ranked 148th in the world, are the lowest ranked national side in the game.

SB

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