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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%."
From a Chinese pal: there is 0.1% chance of Arsenal being shown on Chinese TV while özil is a player there. Same goes for any other team he moves to. Scary
- tariq panja (@tariqpanja) December 17, 2019
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.
China's State-run CCTV removed @Arsenal's Sunday match against @ManCity from its broadcast schedule, after Arsenal star @MesutOzil1088's false comments on Xinjiang disappointed Chinese fans and football governing authorities. Online broadcaster PPTV may also stop airing the game. pic.twitter.com/Ly1WQtcqGg
- Global Times (@globaltimesnews) December 15, 2019
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.
This is a very disturbing trend. China can do whatever they like, because they have money? @MesutOzil1088 has every right to express his views. And it's sad @Arsenal didn't defend that right, even if they disagree with Ozil.- Osasu Obayiuwana (@osasuo) December 17, 2019
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.
Arsenal have attempted to distance themselves from the 31-year-old's comments by releasing a statement claiming they're his own thoughts.
"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."
It seems that the controversial saga will rage on.
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