Football fan gamers were left red faced when pop star Due Lipa, a featured player in the new FIFA 2021 game, appeared to be groped on the chest by unwitting teammates during a goal celebration.
English diva Dua, born in Pristina of Kosovar-Albanian heritage, was a controversial inclusion by gaming giants EA Sports, and further bemused hardcore fans by being given a face scan to perfect her likeness, while other players such as Manchester United starlet Mason Greenwood went without.
However, the vast majority of fans clambered over themselves to get a hold of the game simply to catch a glimpse of the ‘One Kiss’ singer in her football kit.
Right, I know it’s 2020 and nothing should shock me anymore but I have two questions here:1) Why is Dua Lipa in FIFA 21?2) Why the fuck is she in a Sunderland shirt?I mean if it turns out she loves The Lads she’s definitely the one. 😍 pic.twitter.com/ci9mmzZLNn
— Anth Hunt (@TheRealAnthHunt) November 12, 2020
But it seems the practicalities of having a female pop singer are a little deeper than just it’s shock factor and selling power. The behaviour of her teammates rather mirrored the minds of those acquiring the game simply to have Lipa under their command.
This was demonstrated by one user who, after scoring a goal with Lipa in the side of the English Premier League’s Tottenham Hotspur, watched as she received a celebratory pat on the chest from teammates Dele Alli and Lucas Moura.
“Who thought putting Dua Lipa into FIFA was a good idea,” the man holding his joystick wrote on Twitter, perhaps echoing the thoughts of many other fellow gamers.
The 25-year-old was added to the game alongside recently-crowned world Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, his Australian F1 rival Daniel Ricciardo, Cameroonian NBA player Joel Embiid, and iconic former England skipper David Beckham.