In the Federation Internationale de Football Association 20 message, the development team wrote: "We are aware of the recent comments made by Marco van Basten".
He was suspended for a week by the television network after the comment, and EA Sports have now moved to pull him from the game.
While "Sieg Heil" literally means "Hail Victory" in German, the Nazis used the phrase as part of their salute, and it is now a term synonymous with racism, fascism, and support for neo-Nazis. So I had to do a bit of research for this post because it involves one Marco van Basten, a Dutch footballer who's apparently had a rather illustrious career in the 1980's. Players will no longer be able to obtain Marco van Basten cards from packs, squad building challenges, and FUT Draft.
Dutch football manager Marco van Basten has been removed from FIFA 20 "until further notice". "We have an expectation that our commitment to quality and diversity is upheld across our game".
It is understood that if you already own Van Basten's ICON card in Ultimate Team, you will now still be able to play with him in your team. In the game he is a coveted Icon card for use in Ultimate Team. He made the comment during a Fox Sports TV broadcast following Ajax's 4-1 win over Heracles in the Eredivisie last week.
"Not too pretty, sieg heil, pfannkuchen (pancake)".
The 55-year-old apologised later in the De Eretribune show, with Fox issuing its own statement calling the comment "stupid and inappropriate".
Van Basten also apologised himself, stating: "It was not my intention at all to shock people. I only wanted to explain' Hans' German".