Chinese State Broadcaster Pulls Arsenal v Man City Over Mesut Özil Remarks

China’s state broadcaster CCTV this Sunday removed Arsenal’s Premier League game against EPL reigning champions Manchester City from its broadcast schedule following Mesut Özil’s messages that criticised the country’s policy towards its Muslim Uighur minority.

Özil, a German of Turkish origin, condemned China’s crackdown on Muslim minorities in the western region in a tweet on Friday, while criticising Muslim countries for failing to speak up against China’s policies towards its Muslim Uighur minority. He posted:

(In China) Qurans are burned, mosques were closed down, Islamic theological schools, madrasas were banned, religious scholars were killed one by one. Despite all this, Muslims stay quiet.

Arsenal have however distanced themselves from Özil’s remarks which they say represent his personal views. The club posted on Twitter:

As a football club, Arsenal always adheres to the principle of not being involved in politics.

According to the Guardian, the United Nations and human rights groups estimate that between one million and two million people, mostly ethnic Uighur Muslims, have been detained in harsh conditions in Xinjiang as part of what Beijing calls an anti-terrorism campaign.

More: The Guardian

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One Comment on “Chinese State Broadcaster Pulls Arsenal v Man City Over Mesut Özil Remarks

  1. I agree with footballer china is conducting apartied policies and abuse of muslims if it were African state which may be sooner than you think crying and screaming would heard as far as the moon
    Zanus and Sadc s double standards know no bounds

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