16 Dec 2019

Chinese state TV pulls Arsenal game after Özil comments on treatment of Uighur Muslims

Sports reporter

China’s state television has pulled Sunday’s Arsenal match against Manchester City after Arsenal star Mesut Özil’s comments on China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims.

Özil described the Uighurs as a community of fighters standing up to atrocities.

Arsenal insisted that the club always stayed out of politics, saying that the player’s remarks were his personal opinions.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Özil had been “completely deceived by fake news and false statements”.