Due to a political statement on his social media channel, soccer player Mesut Özil has now been removed from the Chinese version of Pro Evolution Soccer 2020, among others. All game references to the Arsenal player have also been removed from the Internet. The association has already distanced itself from the statements.
Former international Mesut Özil has been removed from all current versions of Pro Evolution Soccer in China after publicly criticizing the suppression of the Muslim Uighurs in China on his social media channels. The NetEase team has already spoken about the decision in a statement.
"The statements hurt the feelings of the Chinese fans as well as the sporting values of love and peace. We don't understand, accept or forgive that."
In China, NetEase is the publisher of PES 2020 Mobile and many other branches of football simulation. But the Chinese government has already drawn consequences from the footballer's political statements. Among other things, the game between Arsenal London and Manchester City was not broadcast on state television as planned at the weekend. According to reports from Abacus News Outraged football fans are even said to have lit their Arsenal jerseys in protest.
The club of the English Premier League has already distanced itself from the statements of the footballer. The Chinese government also accuses Özil of being the victim of fake news. All references to Mesut Özil have also been removed from China's Internet. A similar situation happened to the YouTuber PewDiePie in October 2019. Accordingly, his channel in China was blocked because he showed a meme in a video comparing Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Disney character Winnie the Pooh.
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