China media warns Arsenal of ‘serious implications’ over ‘clownish’ Ozil

Cheryl Sanders
December 16, 2019

China has faced growing worldwide condemnation for setting up a vast network of camps in Xinjiang aimed at homogenising the Uighur population to reflect China's majority Han culture.

Demba Ba has slammed Arsenal's handling of Mesut Ozil after the midfielder used social media to criticise China over their treatment of the Muslim Uighur minority.

The Chinese authorities have maintained up to one million Uyghurs, and possibly more, in indoctrination camps aimed at drastically weakening their commitment to Islam.

"Korans are burned. Mosques are closed". Muslim schools are being banned ... They kill their saints.

The Chinese government in the far west Xinjiang region is deleting data, destroying documents, and tightening its grip on the information in response to the leaks of classified documents of its mass detention camps for Muslim minorities.


China's CCTV was scheduled to broadcast the football game between Arsenal and Manchester United, but instead chose to show a taped game between Tottenham Hotspur and the Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Chinese Football Association told government-backed news outlet The Paper that it was both "outraged and disappointed" by Ozil's comments, calling them "inappropriate".

Football star Mesut Ozil on Friday accused Muslims of staying silent over what he called China's persecution of Uighurs in Xinjiang.

China has repeatedly denied any mistreatment of Uighurs.

Funnily enough, the plight of the Uighurs actually did come up amid the NBA's extended saga with China.


China says they are being educated in "vocational training centres" to combat violent religious extremism.

Arsenal posted on Weibo, China's Twitter-like platform, that the the content Ozil shared was "entirely Ozil's personal opinion".

Arsenal on Saturday distanced itself from Ozil's comments, saying it has "always adhered to the principle of not involving itself in politics".

If recent experience offers advice, Ozil and Arsenal can expect days, even weeks, of bitter criticism from the media and Chinese officials.

Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets, posted a (quickly deleted) tweet that appeared to express sympathy with the Hong Kong protesters demanding democracy. You will be shocked to hear that Arsenal opened a number of themed restaurants in China earlier this year.


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