As soon as Andy Gray was fired by Sky Sports for his sexist banter with Richard Keys (and others), it seemed inevitable that he would lose his gig as Martin Tyler's commentary partner in the FIFA video game series as well. And now we know he has.
EA Sports announced that Gray will be replaced by not fired Sky Sports man Alan Smith, which probably won't please the "Get Alan Smith off Sky Sports commentary!!" Facebook group.
From The Sun:
"Alan will bring a fresh, new perspective and insight to FIFA 12, working alongside the trusted [read: not sexist] and well-known voice of Martin Tyler," said David Rutter, senior producer of FIFA 12.
"As one of the top-tier broadcasters on the UK football scene, he brings enormous knowledge and expert analysis to the game so that we can deliver the most authentic FIFA experience this year."
EA also confirmed the introduction of a second commentary team for FIFA 12, with the duo of Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend sharing the mic for tournament gameplay.
"The natural chemistry that Martin and I have developed working live matches for TV has transferred very well to the virtual broadcast booth," said Smith.
If EA really wanted to make it the "most authentic FIFA experience," they would make Keys and Gray's off-air and off-color commentary available with a cheat code that also unlocks the ability to fix mat! ches, in sult referees and play a minigame where you have to bribe Carribean officials while feeding lobster tails to Chuck Blazer.
FIFA 12 will be released on September 27 in the U.S. and three days later in Europe. And, for the first time it years, it will actually have fresh commentary to go with its improved gameplay.