FIFA fans across the country are struggling to access the game today.

According to Downdetector, there has been a spike in issues reported from around 1pm this afternoon, with 83% of customers reporting server connection issues.

One customer, Barrie Cleere, commented: “Just bought FIFA points when this went down any ideas when it will be back up?”

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Downdetector is also reporting a significantly higher number of problem reports than is typical for EA (Electronic Arts).

The FIFA franchise is a football simulation game developed by EA and published under the EA Sports brand so the issues with FIFA are likely to be connected.

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FIFA Direct Communication has posted on Twitter to confirm they are players are encountering issues.

No explanation for the issues has been given at this stage.