Football

China says Arsenal's Mesut Ozil ‘deceived by fake news’ after Uighur comments

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil. File

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil. File   | Photo Credit: Reuters

more-in

The midfielder criticised the country’s policy toward its Muslim Uighur minority, and China’s State broadcaster CCTV later removed Arsenal’s Premier League game against Manchester City from its Sunday broadcast schedule

China's Foreign Ministry on Monday said Arsenal's Mesut Ozil “had been completely deceived by fake news and false statements” after the midfielder criticised the country’s policy toward its Muslim Uighur minority.

Arsenal distanced itself from Ozil's comments, saying that they were entirely his personal opinion. China’s State broadcaster CCTV later removed Arsenal’s Premier League game against Manchester City from its Sunday broadcast schedule.

The United Nations and human rights groups estimate that between 1 million and 2 million people, mostly ethnic Uighur Muslims, have been detained in harsh conditions in Xinjiang as part of what Beijing calls an anti-terrorism campaign.

China has repeatedly denied any mistreatment of Uighurs.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a briefing: “I dont know if Mr. Ozil has ever been to Xinjiang personally but he’s been completely deceived by fake news and false statements have influenced his judgment.”

“We also welcome Mr. Ozil to come to Xinjiang if he has the chance, to take a walk and look around, as long as he has a conscience, is able to distinguish right from wrong and uphold the principles of objectivity and fairness, he will see a different Xinjiang,” he added.

Why you should pay for quality journalism - Click to know more

Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Jan 24, 2020 4:12:45 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/sport/football/china-says-arsenals-mesut-ozil-deceived-by-fake-news-after-uighur-comments/article30319839.ece

Next Story