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  • Religious footballers vs China
     OP - December 17, 2019, 07:25 PM

    sponsorships deals or islamic activism? it's a dilemma.

    Quote from:
    Yaya Toure on Tuesday told Mesut Ozil to stick to football and stop denouncing China’s persecution of Muslims – branding him “wrong” to do so.

    Toure refused to back his fellow Muslim’s condemnation of documented human rights abuses that has left both Ozil and Arsenal at the centre of a major diplomatic storm.

    Speaking having just finished a brief stint playing in China, former Manchester City and Barcelona star Toure, said: “Footballers have to stay with football and politicians to politics because you cannot be involved with this kind of things because it’s going to attract a lot of problems and a lot of things.

    “As a Muslim, it is complicated and it is his choice. He’s been doing his comments but I think he was wrong to say that.”
  • Religious footballers vs China
     Reply #1 - December 17, 2019, 09:11 PM

    Arsenal might not be any good at parking the bus. But they sure know how to throw Mesut Özil under one. Imagine the frantic boardroom conversations on Friday after Özil expressed his horror at the imprisonment of millions of Uighurs in China. The fear of losing profits from shirt sales, commercial deals and future pre-season tours must have choked senior executives like Beijing residents in smog season.

    In the club’s rush to post on the Chinese social media site Weibo that Özil’s comments were merely his “personal opinion” – before a simpering reminder that “Arsenal has always adhered to the principle of not involving itself in politics” – all that was missing was a white flag. Appeasement is never a good look, even if it is cloaked by apparent indifference.
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