Mesut Ozil: Pro Evolution Soccer remove Arsenal star from 2020 version in China

Mesut Ozil: Pro Evolution Soccer remove Arsenal star from 2020 version in China

- Mesut Ozil has been removed by PES from its 2020 edition in China

- The Arsenal midfielder openly criticised the Asian government for mal-treating Muslims in the western region of Xinjiang

- Ozil's action also forced CCTV from broadcasting the Gunners Premier League clash against Manchester City last weekend

Arsenal superstar Mesut Ozil will not feature in the 2020 version of Pro Evolution Soccer in China after speaking against the country's treatment Muslims in the western region of Xinjiang.

The German-born urged Uighurs 'warriors who resist persecution' after over a million of them had been reportedly detained in internment camps according to United Nations.

He also blamed the Chinese government on Twitter and Instagram for burning the holy book Quran, while demolishing mosques at the same time.

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Daily Mail, however, reports that the Asian country has lashed back at the Gunners playmaker, with the country's foreign ministry saying he had been 'blinded and misled'.

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They also extended an invitation to the former Real Madrid star to visit the region claimed to have been affected by the chaos.

This was after China's national broadcast station CCTV refused to show the north Londoners' defeat to Manchester City last weekend.

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PES games in China confirmed that Ozil will be removed from three versions of the game, including the popular PES 2020 Mobile.

NetEase added that Ozil's comments 'hurt the feelings of Chinese fans and violated the sport's spirit of love and peace', adding that they don't 'understand, accept or forgive' the player for his behaviour. earlier reported that Mesut Ozil was substituted on the hour mark by Freddie Ljungberg after his lacklustre performance in Arsenal's 3-0 loss to Manchester City.

The former Germany international looked disappointed as he strolled off the pitch for Emile Smith-Rowe.

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The 31-year-old took off his gloves and kicked it into air to show his frustrations as Per Mertesacker tried to comfort the midfielder.

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