China's state broadcaster will not show Sunday's match between Arsenal and Manchester City after comments made by midfielder Mesut Ozil.
Reports from China’s Global Times stated that the country has been irked by Ozil’s remarks which the country said “disappointed fans and football governing authorities".
The move comes after Ozil, who is a practising Muslim of Turkish descent, called Uighurs "warriors who resist persecution" and criticized Beijing's crackdown and the silence of Muslims in response.
He wrote in his posts on Friday: "(In China) Qurans are burned, mosques were closed down, Islamic theological schools, madrasas were banned, religious scholars were killed one by one. Despite all this, Muslims stay quiet."
Arsenal tried to distance themselves from the comments on Saturday. The north London club shared a post from its official account on China's Twitter-like Weibo platform, which read: "The content he expressed is entirely Ozil's personal opinion.
"As a football club, Arsenal always adheres to the principle of not being involved in politics."
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