New FIFA game angers Premier League stars

The latest in the popular series of FIFA football video games was launched today, but some players are far from happy, according to The Daily Star.

The game is as popular with players as it is with fans, and each new edition is eagerly anticipated as the real life stars pour over their virtual selves’ ratings in areas such as speed, shooting ability, defence and passing.

But as game developers toured football clubs to photograph players for digital reconstruction, they were subjected to a number of complaints.

Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand suggested that his new team’s overall rating should be raised due to his presence in their ranks, and that his personal speed was not up to scratch.

Manchester City’s Samir Nasri also felt he was quicker in real life than his online counterpart. “I’m not quite happy with my speed in the game. Especially because I play on the wing,” said the 27-year-old. “I am quite a bit quicker than I am in the game, I’m only rated 81 or 82 (out of 100). It’s not enough.”

Appearance was another bugbear for several players, with Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard complaining that he was too small in the game.

Anton Ferdinand, brother of Rio, meanwhile complained that he had been given the wrong virtual hairstyle. “I just hope this year they’ve got rid of the cornrows,” said the Reading central defender. “I tweeted at them last year, I think it was about five years ago I had cornrows, so I hope this year they’ve got rid of them.”

But Luke Cousens, football marketing manager at EA Sports who produce the game, was prepared to take the complaints in the tongue-in-cheek manner in which they were intended. “Whenever we see players at our events or look on Twitter someone is talking about their ratings in Fifa. They all want a boost, but it’s all in good spirits,” he said.

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