Alan Smith replaces Andy Gray in FIFA commentary box, has no history of sexism

Former Arsenal star takes over mic-based duties

EA has announced that former Arsenal and England striker Alan Smith will take over commentary duties in FIFA 12.


Smith replaces the slightly disgraced Andy Gray, who was caught in something of a sexism scandal earlier this year whilst employed at Sky Sports.

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Smith - who all-too-often played second fiddle to Gary Lineker in the England team (not that we're bitter) - joins FIFA' long-time word garbler Martin Tyler in the digital commentary box.

The game's second punditry team will be made up of Clive Tyldesley and outside broadcast truck specialist Andy Townsend.

"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."

"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."