EA Sports UFC 2 Muslim Fighter Given Christian Victory Gesture, EA Apologizes
Among the many fighters in EA Sports UFC 2 is also Khabib Nurmagomedov, an MMA fighter from Russia. However, when building him into the game it looks like Electronic Arts did not do their homework and gave him a after match celebration gesture that was offensive.
Khabib Nurmagomedov is actually a practicing Muslim, but his victory gesture in the game showed him making the sign of cross on his chest – a typical gesture that practicing Christians make.
While his winning celebrations were the same in the game since day one, the issue only came to light when Khabib took to his official Twitter profile pointing it out to the developers of the game saying “I’m a MUSLIM and not Baptized. Please [EA Sports UFC] edit my after fight celebration. I have a lot of Muslim fans and you have to respect it.”
Naturally, one’s personal beliefs need to be respected regardless of what the platform is, and that is why he spoke up. Also, we are pretty sure it was an unintentional problem that could have been caused because it got overlooked, Electronic Arts wouldn’t touch sensitive matters like that one.
Any how, EA has also responded to the star and apologized for having offended him. They have also promised that the development team is going to fix his after fight gestures in the next update that EA Sports UFC 2 will get. Here’s the reply they sent to the fighter.
Hello Khabib. Just wanted to reach out and let you know that we’ve seen your concern in regards to your after fight celebration. We’ve informed our development team about this issue and will change the celebration in our next update. Apologies is this has offended you in any way.
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