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Arsenal Vs. Man City Pulled From Chinese TV After Mesut Ozil's Controversial Comments

Arsenal Vs. Man City Pulled From Chinese TV After Mesut Ozil's Controversial Comments

Arsenal vs. Manchester City has been pulled from Chinese TV after Mesut Ozil's criticism about the treatment of the Uighur minority in China.

Ozil spoke out strongly against China's persecution of the Muslim Uighur community of Xinjiang and slammed Muslims for not doing more to highlight the issue.

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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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Arsenal have since released a statement, distancing themselves from Ozil's comments.

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"Regarding the comments made by Mesut Ozil on social media, Arsenal must make a clear statement," the statement read. "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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Ozil's post had listed a few issues facing Uighurs in China while accusing Muslims of staying silent on the matter.

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"East Turkistan, the bleeding wound of the Ummah, resisting against the persecutors trying to separate them from their religion. They burn their Qurans. They shut down their mosques. They ban their schools. They kill their holy men. The men are forced into camps and their families are forced to live with Chinese men. The women are forced to marry Chinese men.

"But Muslims are silent. They won't make a noise. They have abandoned them. Don't they know that giving consent for persecution is persecution itself?"

Arsenal, who are ninth in the table, entertain third place City in a Premier League clash on Sunday.

Topics: Manchester City, Football News, Football, Mesut Ozil, Premier League, Arsenal, China

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.