Barcelona forward Luis Suarez will not be playable in FIFA 15‘s career mode until October 26–a virtual suspension mirroring his real-world ban.
On June 26, Suarez was banned from “football activity” for four months after playing for Uruguay in the World Cup, where he was caught biting the Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder.
This marked the third time Suarez had bitten another person during a football match, and resulted in FIFA implementing one of the most severe bans in the organization’s history (he is also suspended from nine international matches, which makes it highly unlikely that he will play a part in 2015 Copa America tournament).
Electronic Arts has elected to imitate this suspension in FIFA 15, by informing players who choose Barcelona in career mode that they cannot play Suarez straight away.
Those who select Barcelona in career mode are informed via a notice from the club’s chief executive, which reads:
“Please be aware that Luis Suarez is serving a suspension and will not be available for selection until 26 October 2014.”