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Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by Enzorazor: 10:33am On Dec 16, 2019
According to theguardian, a US Newspaper, Chinese football fans have burned Arsenal football shirts and called on the club to fire star player Mesut Ozil after he publicly criticised China’s treatment of Muslims in Xinjiang.

On Friday, Özil, who is usually quiet on social media, posted a message on his Instagram profile describing Uighurs in the far north-western region of China as “warriors who resist persecution”.

Posting the words against the backdrop of the flag of the short-lived East Turkestan republic, an area that is now Chinese-controlled Xinjiang, 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.”

His comments have prompted a wave of anger in a country where Arsenal is hugely popular. Özil, who has more than 4 million followers on the Chinese microblog Weibo, is affectionately known as “272”, numbers that when pronounced sound like his name.

“Do you know how Arsenal fans in China have spent the last two days?” one former fan posted on his Instagram profile. “They are struggling to understand how the club and idol they once loved has turned out to be a rumourmonger. Of course, if you intend to attack China, you are as insignificant in our hearts as dirty ants.”

Another said: “As a Chinese football fan, I’m very disappointed. Why can’t you just focus on playing football? As a public figure, you should know what you can say, what you can do and be aware of the consequences.”

On Weibo, a fan posted a video of football shirts bearing Özil’s previous numbers lit on fire. Others said they too planned to burn their shirts, while some said they planned to trash theirs. Some posted photos of Arsenal shirts or Özil’s jersey and wrote: “How disappointing.”

Attempts over the weekend by Arsenal to distance itself from Özil’s comments failed to calm the situation, as fans said the midfielder should be fired. Several Chinese football fan sites have said they will stop posting news related to Özil, according to the Shanghai-based publication The Paper. A Chinese football simulation game said it would no longer produce Özil player roles or cards.

The footballer’s comments and use of the national flag of East Turkestan, now used by independence activists, have triggered condemnation from the Chinese state, underlining the possibility that the club or the Premier League could be punished in the same way the NBA and the Houston Rockets over general manager Daryl Morey’s support of anti-government protests in Hong Kong.

Censors blurred out images of the flag in Özil’s post while the state broadcasters CNN canceled a broadcast on Sunday of Arsenal’s Premier League game against Manchester City. State media have criticised Özil’s comments as “disappointing”. The Chinese Football Association told local media it was “outraged and disappointed”.

In a comment that has since been deleted, the editor of the Global Times, Hu Xijin, accused the footballer of essentially calling for global jihad against China. Asking Özil to provide examples of his allegations, Hu wrote: “This man is full of nonsense. Does he just want to encourage global jihad, using Xinjiang as an excuse?”

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/16/mesut-ozil-row-chinas-arsenal-fans-burn-shirts-in-anger-at-xinjiang-post

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Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by dawnomike(m): 11:07am On Dec 16, 2019
Arsenal needs 80% overhauling...

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Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by Kestolove(f): 11:16am On Dec 16, 2019
China must be stupid, thank God am not using any of dia fake product

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Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by EbukaHades10(m): 11:30am On Dec 16, 2019
Not what the club needs right now

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Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by scribble: 11:31am On Dec 16, 2019
Wonder why the muslims are staying quiet

China na wa for u o

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Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by drizslim(m): 3:31pm On Dec 16, 2019
China fans no know arsenal way... They are same fake kind of people.. China will manufacture imitation whereas Arsenal go rise ur BP

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Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by chibu4u2(m): 3:31pm On Dec 16, 2019
shocked

Arsenal matter again?

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Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by Abalado(f): 3:31pm On Dec 16, 2019
Lol,, I nearly won burn my own Man Utd Jessy too, remain small like this before them just they wake up small their slumber, I still keep d petrol and lighter till January self...

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Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by Rgade: 3:32pm On Dec 16, 2019
angry
China,one very big powerful rogue state.

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Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by safzor: 3:32pm On Dec 16, 2019
#FreeUyghurs

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Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by Nobody: 3:32pm On Dec 16, 2019
Na their headache, I get my own problem too

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Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by Justix10: 3:32pm On Dec 16, 2019
grin grin grin grin

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Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by LaIabobo: 3:32pm On Dec 16, 2019
Man's inhumanity to man.

Such a sad world we live in.

A world of injustice, bigotry and hypocrisy.

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Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by Jasen1(m): 3:33pm On Dec 16, 2019
Arsenal get spiritual problems

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Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by Nobody: 3:33pm On Dec 16, 2019
It’s finished for Ozil in Arsenal cry

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Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by Nobody: 3:33pm On Dec 16, 2019
Pls is arsenal a club

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Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by Kokoebapluse(m): 3:34pm On Dec 16, 2019
China are bastard dog, ozil may almighty Allah protect and bless you, the honest don't have friends. May almighty Allah bless you here and hereafter amin. We love you

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Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by bajeen(m): 3:34pm On Dec 16, 2019
Hypocritical China.

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Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by mzBEAM(f): 3:35pm On Dec 16, 2019
Ozil issa terrorist

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Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by Ejebleje: 3:35pm On Dec 16, 2019
Lol...he that is down need fear no fall. Can it get any worse for Arsenal?
You tell me.
Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by AntiWailer: 3:35pm On Dec 16, 2019
Na wa
Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by ikept(m): 3:36pm On Dec 16, 2019
Ozil better focus on his career than social media.

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Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by Pr0cter: 3:36pm On Dec 16, 2019
Hh
Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by NORSIYK(m): 3:36pm On Dec 16, 2019
OZIL is a modafucka, where was OZIL when a Muslims dominated Bangladesh were murdering a minority Christians in Bangladesh

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Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by Sanchez01: 3:36pm On Dec 16, 2019
LaIabobo:
Man's inhumanity to man.

Such a sad world we live in.

A world of injustice, bigotry and hypocrisy.
Bigotry because they don't want Islam and religion of any sort in their country? We know how well countries with Islamic activities are faring in the world all over.

Let's not sugarcoat things at this point.

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Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by tunjijones(m): 3:36pm On Dec 16, 2019
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Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by vickydankal(f): 3:36pm On Dec 16, 2019
The way some people carry arsenal problem for head. You will think Arsenal is their only problem. If they pain you, join other fake clubs biko. Arsenal this Arsenal that. We are this close to coming back to life. tongue tongue

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Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by DAramis: 3:37pm On Dec 16, 2019
Religion.... No comment
Re: Mesut Ozil Row: China Arsenal Fans Burnt Arsenal Jerseys by Kholar211: 3:37pm On Dec 16, 2019
God bless China for having the balls to terminate these "Allah akbar" ppl that knows no boundary. Religion of peace ass

Ozil best face his football career

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