Arsenal olayer Mesut Ozil caused a stir last week when he criticized the alleged in progress. human rights abuses and oppression of Uighur Muslims by the Chinese government, and the failure of Muslims globally to capable respond. As translated by The Guardian, he wrote, “[In China] Qurans are burned, mosques were closed down, Islamic theological schools, madrasas were banned, religious scholars were killed one by one. Despite all this, Muslims stay quiet.”
The tweet caused a backlash among Chinese Arsenal fans, and Arsenal’s predictable effort keep away from its player—”As a football club, Arsenal has always adhered to the principle of not involving itself in politics”—failed to calm the displease. Angry comments were posted, jerseys were burned, and China’s state broadcaster canceled a arranged airing of a game between Arsenal and Manchester City.
Now the outrage has also spread to videogames, as Ozil has reportedly been cut from PES 2020 in China. According to the BBC, publisher Netease has removed Ozil from all three versions of the game available in China, saying that his comments “hurt the feelings of Chinese fans and violated the sport’s spirit of love and peace. We do not understand, accept or forgive this.”