Former German Football Player Mesut Özil Criticizes Muslim’s Silence Over Uighurs
Following his condemnation, Arsenal distanced itself from the statement Özil made.
Former German international football player Mesut Özil has lashed out at the Muslim world over their silence on China’s persecution of Uighurs.
In a statement issued on his social media handles, he expressed his concerns regarding the situation of Muslims in Xinjiang, China. He also called out the Muslim world for their silence.
“what will be remembered years later would not be the torture by the tyrants but the silence of their Muslim brothers,” Mesut Özil wrote.
He added that the Muslims are silent and their voice isn’t heard. The renowned footballer also highlighted the brutal persecution of Uighurs.
“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,” he further wrote.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) December 13, 2019
Arsenal Football Club is one of the top football clubs in the English Premier League (EPL). It enjoys a huge fan following across the world, including China.
Following their star footballer’s condemnation, Arsenal distanced itself from the statement Özil made.
“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,” Arsenal said in a statement.
Last year, Mesut Özil’s support for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan had brought him under criticism from the German fans. In July last year, he decided to retire from international football citing racism.
“I am German when we win, an immigrant when we lose” Ozil had said.