GAMING GIANT EA SPORTS has become the latest company to distance itself from Andy Gray, confirming today that the Scot has been relieved of his commentary duties on the forthcoming FIFA 12 title.
One of the most recognisable voices in football commentary, Gray’s contract with broadcasting behemoth Sky Sports was terminated in January after footage of him making sexist comments was leaked on the internet.
Although Gray and former Sky co-host Richard Keys have since found new roles at talkSPORT, it appears that the controversy has not yet been forgotten, with EA announcing today that former Arsenal striker Alan Smith has been drafted in as Gray’s replacement in the commentary box.
“Alan will bring a fresh, new perspective and insight to FIFA 12, working alongside the trusted and well-known voice of Martin Tyler,” said David Rutter, Senior Producer of FIFA 12.
As one of the top-tier broadcasters in the UK, he brings enormous knowledge and expert analysis to the game so that we can deliver the most authentic FIFA experience this year.
Smith, who was installed as Sky’s main colour commentator following Gray’s dismissal, will be working alongside Martin Tyler, his regular partner-in-crime for television broadcasts.
“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.
“I’m really looking forward to FIFA fans hearing our work this fall as we bring all the match day emotion and excitement to this year’s game.”
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.
FIFA 12 is scheduled to be released in Ireland on 30 September.