Ozil to be removed from PES 2020 in China

December 18, 2019
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Arsenal star Mesut Özil will be removed from Chinese versions of PES 2020 after publicly criticising the country’s treatment of Uighur Muslims.

NetEase, which publishes PES in China, explained Özil’s removal in a post on social media platform Weibo (via The Independent), which said it came after Özil’s “extreme statement about China on social media”.

“The speech hurt the feelings of Chinese fans and violated the sports spirit of love and peace,” NetEase’s statement continued. “We do not understand, accept or forgive this!”

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