China’s minister of foreign affairs spokesman, Geng Shuang said Arsenal’s midfielder, Mesut Ozil was “deceived by fake news” before criticizing China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims. Former Germany player, called Uighurs “warriors who resist persecution” in a post on social media and criticized both China and the silence of Muslims in response.
But Geng Shuang said the German midfielder, 31, has been “influenced by untruthful remarks” and invited him to visit the autonomous Xinjiang region and “have a look” for himself. Geng said: “I don’t know if Mr Ozil has been to Xinjiang himself, but it seems he has been deceived by fake news, and that his judgment was influenced by untruthful remarks.
“If Mr Ozil has the opportunity, we will be pleased to see him go to Xinjiang and have a look, “he said. Earlier on, the Global Times described Ozil’s comments as “false” and claimed he had “disappointed” football authorities.
The Chinese Football Association said his comments were “unacceptable” and had “hurt the feelings” of Chinese fans.
On Saturday, Arsenal distanced the club from the former Real Madrid view saying it was “always apolitical as an organisation”. Meanwhile, Ozil played in the Gunners’ 3-0 home defeat by Manchester City on Sunday at Emirates stadium.
Compiled by Egbe Buduzhi
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