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BANNED NFL GESTURE STILL ON COMPUTER GAME

A computer game bearing the National Football League logo shows players using the throat-slashing gesture that has been banned by league officials.

NFL Fever 2000 by Microsoft shows players from all 31 teams using the move, which was outlawed in November, the Star Ledger of Newark reported Sunday.

NFL Properties sanctions merchandise bearing the NFL logo. The game also carries the insignia of Players Inc., the marketing arm of the NFL Players Association. Manufacturers pay to use team names and player likenesses.

Chris Widmaier, the NFL's director of corporate communications, promised that the throat slash will be cut from the next version of the games.

"That gesture was approved (for the game) prior to it being outlawed by the league," Widmaier said. "Now that it is outlawed, everybody here is well aware of it, and it will be removed in the future."

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