Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil was eliminated from China’s version of the Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 video game after his criticism of China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims.
Ozil, who’s a Muslim, known as Uighurs”warriors that withstand persecution”.
He criticised both China and the silence of Muslims in reaction.
NetEase, that arouses the PES franchise in China, stated the former Germany participant was eliminated from three present titles in the nation.
“The German participant Ozil posted an intense statement about China on social networking,” it said in a statement.
“The address hurt the feelings of Chinese lovers and offended the sports soul of peace and love. We don’t know, forgive or accept this.”
Arsenal stated the team is”apolitical” and China’s foreign ministry maintained 31-year-old Ozil – that is of Turkish origin – was”duped by fake news”.
Rights groups say about a thousand people mostly in the Muslim Uighur community – are considered to have been detained without trial in high-security prison camps.
China has denied mistreating Uighur Muslims from the nation and states they’re being taught at”vocational training centers” to fight violent religious extremism.
Harun Khan, the Secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said Ozil’s activities were”hugely admirable” and explained Arsenal’s choice to distance themselves from Ozil’s viewpoints as”regrettable”.