Queens Park Rangers have started to count the true cost of relegation from the Barclays Premier League today, after a member of the backroom staff realised that their Loftus Road home would not be featured in FIFA 16.
The games behemoth, produced since 1993 by EA Sports, has a licensing deal in place with England’s top league that includes graphic recreations of all the member’s stadiums, and with Rangers demoted to The Championship, it means their ground will no longer form part of the package.
QPR Holdings chairman Tony Fernandes said: ‘We can just about cope with the loss in revenue, especially as a lot of our highest paid players are out of contract this summer, and we’re guaranteed parachute payments for the next few seasons, but to hear our fans won’t be able to recreate Loftus Road’s unique atmosphere in the comfort of their homes is really damaging. Upton Park’s still in the game though, right? God, that’s a relief. Always play as the Hammers you see’.