Arsenal press release on Mesut Ozil's social media message

15 Décembre, 2019, 23:05 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Footballer Mesut Ozil

Chinese state media on Sunday pulled coverage of Arsenal's English Premier League game against Manchester City after its midfielder Mesut Ozil posted social media messages in support of China's Muslim Uyghur minority.

"East Turkistan, the bleeding wound of the Ummah, resisting against the persecutors trying to separate them from their religion".

The situation began when Ozil posted a message in Twitter and Instagram attempting to call attention to the treatment of the Uighurs in China and questioning why the group isn't receiving more global support.

"(In China) Qurans are burned, mosques were closed down, Islamic theological schools, madrasas were banned, religious scholars were killed one by one. Instead, it will show a prerecorded game between Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal's local rival, and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

CCTV did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"If it hadn't been for Arsenal's Ozil making trouble out of nothing, would the broadcast of the entire team's match have been blocked in China?" one user asked on Sunday.

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Arsenal will now look to see if the comments from Mesut Ozil will lead to further consequences. "Arsenal have always adhered to the principle of not involving ourselves in politics".

"The content he expressed is entirely Ozil's personal opinion", the official account of Arsenal Football Club said in a post on China's Twitter-like Weibo platform.

Discussion of sensitive topics is frequently censored on the social network.

The Chinese Football Association told government-backed news outlet, The Paper, on Saturday it was "outraged and disappointed" by Ozil's remarks, describing them as "inappropriate". "Ozil's comments not only hurt many Chinese fans but also hurt the feelings of the Chinese people". "This is something we can not accept", the news outlet quoted an unnamed official from the association as saying.

Rights groups say about a million people - mostly from the Muslim Uighur community - are thought to have been detained without trial in high-security prison camps.

China has repeatedly denied any mistreatment of Uighurs.

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