Some major news has developed over the past 24-48 hours in eFootball PES 2020, as Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil was removed from the game in China after criticizing the Chinese government.

Mesut Ozil Removed From PES 2020

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil criticized the Chinese government on social media over their treatment of Uighur Muslims. Ozil, who’s Muslim himself, called Uighurs “warriors who resist persecution.” Ozil also called out other Muslim countries for failing to speak up about the abuses that China is committing to Muslims.

After his statements, Arsenal denounced his comments, stating that the club is “apolitical.” Former Arsenal manager and current FIFA Chief of Global Development Arsene Wenger also criticized the comments, saying:

“What he says is about himself and not Arsenal. Mesut Ozil has freedom of speech like everyone else and he uses his notoriety to express his opinions, which are not necessarily shared by everybody. What’s important is that Ozil has an individual responsibility. He doesn’t have to carry the word of Arsenal Football Club. When you make a comment about your individual opinion you accept the consequences of it.”

The Chinese government also responded to Ozil’s comments, stating that his statements were “untruthful” and that he was “deceived by fake news.”

NetEase, a Chinese internet company and the publisher of eFootball PES 2020 in China, responded to Ozil’s comments by removing him from the game. NetEase, on the removal of Ozil, stated, “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!”

We will keep you updated on this situation should we receive any more information. For more gaming news, be sure to keep checking out the SGO site.


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