Arsenal react to Mesut Ozil’s Uighur comments
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has triggered the Chinese government this weekend following a post on his social media accounts.
Ozil, a well-known Muslim, used his social platforms to speak out about the treatment of the Uighurs in China.
The German World Cup winner posted the following message:
[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.
Don’t they know that giving consent for persecution is persecution itself?
The honorable Ali, son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad, says, ‘If you cannot prevent persecution, expose it.
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The translation of Ozil’s statement ❤ pic.twitter.com/ZWo9LJbLfr
— Sam (@sammiixa) December 14, 2019
Arsenal have since reacted to Ozil’s comments on the Chinese social network Weibo.
Arsenal have distanced themselves from Ozil’s post:
The content he expressed is entirely Ozil’s personal opinion.
As a football club, Arsenal always adheres to the principle of not being involved in politics.
Arsenal pulled from CCTV for Tottenham
In reaction to Ozil’s comments, China’s state-run CCTV have decided to pull their scheduled broadcast of Arsenal vs Man City this weekend.
Instead, CCTV will broadcast Wolves against Tottenham.
First the NBA, now the #PremierLeague 😬
Chinese broadcaster CCTV has cancelled the live broadcast of Arsenal v Man City after Mesut Ozil’s comments condemning the treatment of Uyghurs in East Turkistan.#OptusSport #PL pic.twitter.com/gbzN3GrXWY
— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) December 15, 2019
Hector Bellerin’s UK election tweet
Last Thursday, as Britons went to the polls, Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin posted an eye-catching tweet on social media.
In it, Bellerin urged his followers to vote for Labour.
Bellerin explicitly cursed out Tory leader Bors Johnson in his tweet.
Young people across the world have a chance to change what the future can be. Today’s the chance for all the British people to influence what your future & those living here holds. #FuckBoris #GoVote pic.twitter.com/epHbI3sdNw
— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) December 12, 2019
Social media reaction to Arsenal
Since Arsenal’s statement on Ozil has spread, many have called out the Gunners for a lack of consistency.
Why did Arsenal react to Ozil but not Bellerin?
Arsenal had nothing to say when Hector Bellerin told his followers to ‘Fuck Boris’ but were quick to distance themselves from Mesut Ozil raising awareness for over one million people currently locked in ‘concentration camps’… https://t.co/vXUlvwHSIn
— Turkish Football (@TurkFootballTV) December 14, 2019
Arsenal wear poppies in November, support a number of anti bigotry programmes, get involved in raising money for refugees and ignored Bellerin tweeting #FUCKBoris but released a statement when Ozil posted about an oppressive government killing Muslims.
— Michael Advent Calendar (@MickMcCarthy92) December 14, 2019
So Arsenal say nothing when Bellerin tells Boris Johnson to Fuck off but put out a statement distancing themselves when Ozil calls out Muslims being tortured in China. And no one in the English media has a problem with this. Money>Humanity https://t.co/zaW43t4l9v
— Carlo Garganese (@carlogarganese) December 14, 2019
So Hector Bellerin can tweet “#FuckBoris” and Arsenal don’t say a thing, but when Mesut Ozil rightly criticises China’s atrocities against Uighur muslims the club release a statement saying it doesn’t align with their views 🤦🏻♂️ the grip China have over sports teams is worrying. https://t.co/rG1PxkQ2mR
— Dylan Walsh (@dylanwalsh_) December 15, 2019
— Demba Ba (@dembabafoot) December 15, 2019