Expert on Özil v China: The next 24 to 48 hours will be crucial

16 December 2019

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Photo: Getty Images Mesut Özil's comments on China's treatment of Uighur Muslims could turn serious within the next 48 hours.

According to Professor Simon Chadwick, the next 48 hours will be crucial for potential ramifications after Mesut Özil's comments on China's treatment of Uighur Muslims.

The professor believes it is not inconceivable that the Premier League, which has offered its assistance to Arsenal, could be drawn into the matter and risk having its commercial activities put under review by the Chinese government.

Furthermore, Özil's popularity and status among the Chinese may have prompted the response, which could end up causing problems for Arsenal the next time they travel to the Far East.

Emil Gjerding Nielson nielson@offthepitch.com

Arsenal player Mesut Özil's comments on China's treatment of Uighur Muslims could turn serious before long, according to Professor Simon Chadwick from Salford University, who believes the next 48 hours will be crucial for potential ramifications. 

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