Football Manager 2022 Will Rename Manchester United Following Trademark Dispute

Football Manager 2022 Will Rename Manchester United Following Trademark Dispute

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Matt Lorrigan

Developer Sports Interactive has announced that Manchester United will be renamed in Football Manager 2022.

Manchester United sued Sega in May 2020 over the use of the club's name and logo in the Football Manager games, and the two parties have now agreed a settlement to “amicably resolve the trade mark dispute", with Sega saying that “both parties are please to resolve this matter to their mutual satisfaction”.

When pressed on what this would mean for the games on Twitter, the official Football Manager account responded that, from Football Manager 2022 onwards, Manchester United would become Manchester UFC or Man UFC.

“These name changes have been made purely to settle the dispute on a no admissions basis,” said the statement. “SEGA and Sports Interactive maintain that they do not need a licence to use the ‘Manchester United’ name but have made the change as a gesture of goodwill so that both parties can move on.”

Football Manager 2021 is available right now on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S via Xbox Game Pass.

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  • Unless something changed in the last couple of years, FM has never featured the logos of clubs. That's why there are so many unofficial logo packs you can download to add to your game. SI have historically only used club names, which are generally considered fair use. Sounds like MU just wanted to flex their legal muscle a little.
  • Long live the Manchester Reds.
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