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Mesut Ozil Is '0.1%' Likely To Feature On Chinese TV

Mesut Ozil Is '0.1%' Likely To Feature On Chinese TV

Mesut Ozil is reportedly very unlikely to feature on Chinese TV in the future following his comments on the treatment of the Uighur minority.

Ozil spoke out strongly against China's persecution of the Muslim Uighur community of Xinjiang and it's caused controversy in the country.

Now, New York Time's Tariq Panja has tweeted that he's heard the chances of Ozil being on Chinese TV again are '0.1%."

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This will also include all of Arsenal's games going forward in addition to any other teams he moves to.

It comes after Ozil's comments saw Arsenal's game against Manchester City pulled from Chinese State-run CCTV.


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The German, who's a Muslim, has voiced his concerns about the treatment of the Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim minority who have been subjected to a campaign of religious and ethnic persecution by the Chinese authorities.

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Furthermore, he's also seen his fan club deleted from Chinese search engine Baidu who said in a statement: "In front of national interest, any individual hobby doesn't matter any more."

It's also been claimed he has been "influenced by untruthful remarks" by Geng Shuang, China's foreign ministry spokesman.

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Arsenal have attempted to distance themselves from the 31-year-old's comments by releasing a statement claiming they're his own thoughts.

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Image Credit: PA

"Regarding the comments made by Mesut Ozil on social media, Arsenal must make a clear statement."

"The content published is Ozil's personal opinion. As a football club, Arsenal has always adhered to the principle of not involving itself in politics."

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It seems that the controversial saga will rage on.

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Topics: Football, Mesut Ozil, Arsenal, China

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Daniel is a freelancer journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.