If you're a fan of football you can't have failed to see the furore surrounding the future of what used to be Rangers Football Club.
With dodgy tax dealings forcing them to go into administration then ultimately form a new company, the team currently known as Rangers Newco were last week ordered to start life at the bottom of the Scottish Third Division. It will be decided later today whether Dunfermline or Dundee will replace them as Club 12 in the Scottish Premier League. UPDATE: Dundee has now been confirmed as the twelfth team in the SPL.
The threat from SFA and SFL bigwigs before this happened was that were the Rangers Newco to start in the third division, many licensees and sponsors would cut their links with Scottish football. It was warned that Sky and ESPN would cancel the SPL TV contracts (since there'd be no more Celtic vs Rangers Old Firm matches), for example.
We've had numerous readers asking us what this means for FIFA 13, which will be coming out later this year. Will EA drop the SPL license from the game, and if not will Rangers still be in there somewhere even though they're now in the Scottish Third Division (which doesn't feature in the FIFA games)?
We got in touch with EA to get some clarification on the matter, and an EA spokesperson gave us this statement in response:
"We have a licensing agreement with the Scottish Premier League. We have discussed the league structure with them and we will take their direction regarding the 12th club. FIFA 13 will be in retail stores beginning September 28 - after the start of the SPL season - so we have the flexibility to align with the authentic league structure.
"As far as Glasgow Rangers are concerned, we have not made a decision at this time on whether we will pursue a separate licensing agreement to include them in FIFA 13."
So there you have it. The SPL will still be in FIFA 13, with the twelfth team (which we now know to be Dundee) present and accounted for and any changes to the league structure in place. As for Rangers Newco, it seems they will NOT be in the game at the moment (since they're not an SPL team... and technically speaking, never were) and EA is still deciding whether to include them as a special one-off "rest of the world" type team.
We're still trying to get in touch with Konami to see how the situation will be resolved in the next Pro Evolution Soccer game, which only licenses Celtic and Rangers as individual teams as opposed to the SPL as a whole and as such may be more likely to feature Rangers Newco in the game.