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Arsenal have distanced themselves from comments made by Mesut Özil on Instagram, in which he spoke out strongly against China’s persecution of the Uighur population in the north-western region of Xinjiang and criticised Muslims for not doing more to highlight the issue.

The club sought to limit any damage caused to its business in China, where it has numerous commercial interests including a chain of restaurants, by releasing a statement on Weibo – a leading Chinese social media site – as well as other platforms stressing it is apolitical and does not associate itself with Özil’s views.


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“Regarding the comments made by Mesut Özil on social media, Arsenal must make a clear statement,” it read. “The content published is Özil’s personal opinion. As a football club, Arsenal has always adhered to the principle of not involving itself in politics.”

Özil had added his voice to the wave of international outrage about the treatment of the Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim minority who have been subjected to a campaign of religious and ethnic persecution by the Chinese authorities.

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Around 10 million live in Xinjiang and there are claims that more than a million have been held in detention camps over recent years. Özil’s post had listed a range of the issues facing Uighurs in China, accusing other Muslims of staying silent on the subject.

His Instagram message read: “East Turkistan, the bleeding wound of the Ummah, resisting against the persecutors trying to separate them from their religion. They burn their Qurans. They shut down their mosques. They ban their schools. They kill their holy men. The men are forced into camps and their families are forced to live with Chinese men. The women are forced to marry Chinese men.

“But Muslims are silent. They won’t make a noise. They have abandoned them. Don’t they know that giving consent for persecution is persecution itself?”

It is not the first time Özil has become involved in social and political issues. His support for Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has caused controversy and he was widely criticised in 2018 after posing with him for a photograph. Erdogan was also best man at Özil’s wedding in June.

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Patrickov wrote:It is quite laughable that Arsenal tries to distance itself from the matter out of business interests. Apparently China does not buy it and still pulls out Arsenal matches' broadcasts.


Just imagine what China will be like 20 years from now. These people have a complete different attitude compared to the politically correct Westerners. China wants to create superhumans; the West engages in dysgenics, wants people to celebrate the ''94 genders'', and almost forces you to worship a tiny country in the mid-east that is selling our secrets and technology to countries like... China.
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Code Rood wrote:..., and almost forces you to worship a tiny country in the mid-east that is selling our secrets and technology to countries like... China.


It takes me two days to realise that My Friend is talking about Israel. :D

Although I need some reference in support of this statement.
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Code Rood wrote:Just imagine what China will be like 20 years from now. These people have a complete different attitude compared to the politically correct Westerners. China wants to create superhumans; the West engages in dysgenics, wants people to celebrate the ''94 genders'', and almost forces you to worship a tiny country in the mid-east that is selling our secrets and technology to countries like... China.


Im afraid we wont be able to trust the US for much longer when democrats will take the wheel shit will hit the fan and its better that we seek new allies instead of binding over to their demands which will endanger our security

the west is on its deathbed allying with China may not be a bad idea
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Maybe the reason Arsenal distanced itself from Ozil's Instagram post is because it's a load of bollocks.

His Instagram message read: “East Turkistan, the bleeding wound of the Ummah, resisting against the persecutors trying to separate them from their religion. They burn their Qurans. They shut down their mosques. They ban their schools. They kill their holy men. The men are forced into camps and their families are forced to live with Chinese men. The women are forced to marry Chinese men.

“But Muslims are silent. They won’t make a noise. They have abandoned them. Don’t they know that giving consent for persecution is persecution itself?”


Literally none of this is true. Mesut has clearly been paying too much attention to Radio Free Asia and Al Qaeda. "East Turkestan", for fuck's sake :lol:
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Zionist Nationalist wrote:Football clubs(and players) should not be involved in politics


The more they politicize sports, the more people get tired of watching sports. Bread and circuses keeps people fat, stupid and comfortable. So it's not really a bad thing when you look at it like that.
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Rancid wrote:The only thing we are loyal to is money.

As it should be.

I don't see the problem with doing business with authoritarian regimes.

Money is blind.

Amen.

Greed, not love, is what brings the world together! All you need is greed!! :hippy:
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AFAIK wrote:Why do you hate democracy?


I dont but celebrities have alot of influence on their fans especially teenagers and children and their opinion is not sacred they often can have bad influence and they can (and will) lose fans when they express their political opinion. look at NBA now first Trump now China they are not doing themselves any good by getting involved in politics
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