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China boycotts Arsenal-Manchester City game following Mesut Ozil comments

China’s state broadcaster CCTV has removed Sunday’s Arsenal-Manchester City game from its schedule after comments made by Gunners midfielder Mesut Ozil.

Ozil posted on social media about the treatment of Uighur Muslims in China.

Arsenal distanced the club from the German’s views, saying it was “always apolitical as an organisation”.




The Global Times described Ozil’s comments as “false” and claimed he had “disappointed” football authorities.

In addition, the Chinese Football Association said Ozil’s comments were “unacceptable” and had “hurt the feelings” of Chinese fans.

CCTV will now show Sunday’s game between Tottenham and Wolves, instead of a live broadcast of Arsenal’s home match with the reigning Premier League champions.



In his social media post Ozil, who is a Muslim, called Uighurs “warriors who resist persecution” and criticised both China and the silence of Muslims in response.

China has consistently denied mistreating Uighur Muslims in the country.

Human rights groups claim about a million people mostly from the Muslim Uighur community were detained without trial in high-security prison camps.

China say they are being educated in “vocational training centres” to combat violent religious extremism.

In October, the US National Basketball Association suffered financial losses after an online comment from a team executive prompted a crisis in its relations with China.

As a result, Chinese firms suspended sponsorship and telecast deals.


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