Mesut Ozil removed from Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 in China | Football News


NetEase said Ozil’s comments ‘hurt the feelings of Chinese fans and violated the sport’s spirit of love and peace’

Last Updated: 19/12/19 9:06am

Mesut Ozil criticised China's treatment of Muslims

Mesut Ozil criticised China’s treatment of Muslims

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has been deleted from Chinese versions of the Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 video game.

US-listed Chinese internet company NetEase said it removed Ozil from the game due to his “extreme comment about China”.

Ozil, a practising Muslim of Turkish descent, commented on China’s treatment of Muslim minorities in the western region of Xinjiang in a tweet last Friday and criticised Muslim countries for failing to speak up about the alleged abuses.

Ozil has been all but wiped from the Chinese internet

Ozil has been all but wiped from the Chinese internet

Arsenal have distanced themselves from his comments, while China said his tweets were “untruthful” and that he was “deceived by fake news”.

Ozil had tweeted in Turkish: “Korans are being burnt… Mosques are being shut down… Muslim schools are being banned… Religious scholars are being killed one by one… Brothers are forcefully being sent to camps.

“The Muslims are silent. Their voice is not heard.”

Shortly afterwards, NetEase announced on its verified Chinese social media accounts that Ozil’s comments had “hurt the feelings of Chinese fans and violated the sport’s spirit of love and peace”.

“We do not understand, accept or forgive this comment.”

Cologne pull out of football academy in China

German Bundesliga club FC Cologne has pulled out of a football academy in China, with one senior official saying “human rights are massively disrespected” in the country.

Cologne had been slated to run the school for young footballers in Shenyang, northeast China, for 1.8 million euros ($2.0 million).

Club president Werner Wolf said in a statement Wednesday “we have decided not to continue the project… due to the current sporting situation,” saying a reevaluation of “resources and priorities” were behind the move.

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“Other forms of possible co-operation, for example sponsoring from Chinese companies, hasn’t been ruled out,” he added.





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