Özil removed from Pro Evolution Soccer game in China

Mesut Ozil of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Southampton FC at Emirates Stadium on November 23, 2019. (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Arsenal football player Mesut Özil has been removed from the eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) 2020 game in China, following the controversy over his comments about the country's Uighur Muslims.

Reuters reports that Chinese firm NetEase, which publishes PES in China under franchise from game creator Konami, said in a statement on Weibo yesterday: "The German player Özil posted an extreme statement about China on social media. The speech hurt the feelings of Chinese fans and violated the sports spirit of love and peace. We do not understand, accept or forgive this."

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