Martin Tyler and Alan Smith AXED on FIFA 21 as old guard continue to be scrapped after Sky Sports revamp

MARTIN TYLER and Alan Smith have been AXED from FIFA 21 as football's old guard continues to be scrapped.

The veteran callers have been primary commentators on the game since 2005 but have been replaced by Derek Rae and Lee Dixon.



Rae and Dixon were Champions League and Europa League commentators on FIFA 19 and 20 but appear to have been promoted.

The news emerged based on early release versions but it appears gamers have been left disappointed again today after the game officially hit shelves.

Football fans have already had to deal with Sky Sports News' overhaul of their Soccer Saturday programme.

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Charlie Nicholas, Phil Thompson and Matt Le Tissier were all given the boot as the broadcaster attempted to engage a younger audience with more relevant faces.

Reacting to the FIFA 21 news online, gamers were quick to slam EA Sports' decision.

One wrote: "Martin Tyler and Alan Smith not being on FIFA 21 is honestly an international tragedy."

Another added: "So disappointed with FIFA 21! No Martin Tyler and Alan Smith!

"Instead you stick two voices that have no relation the Premiership.

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"I’ve purchased a digital option this time and I wish I hadn’t.

"I think you need to do an update and quick. Not impressed!"

While Maaz simply wrote: "No more Martin Tyler and Alan Smith in FIFA 21 🙁 this is sad."

In a move generally considered more positive, FIFA 21 will be the first installment of the game to feature a female commentator.

Nira Juanra – a presenter and reporter for Gol Television's LaLiga and Champions League coverage – will make history featuring on the Spanish edition.

The 41-year old has previously covered Formula One and will take on the Geoff Shreeves role.

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