Arsene Wenger sends support to Arsenal star Mesut Ozil amid China backlash Advertisement 1 min. story 1/1 Read More SPONSORED Skip Ad Wenger coached Ozil at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger has backed Mesut Ozil’s freedom of speech after the Arsenal drew the fury of China.Ozil’s Instagram post about the treatment of Uighur Muslims in China has sparked a debate about human rights, as reports claim China has detained as many as one million people, mainly Muslims, over the course of several years in what are being branded as prison camps.China reacted furiously to the comments, pulling Arsenal’s game against Manchester City from TV coverage and performing a deep cleanse of Ozil’s internet footprint in the country.Arsenal released a statement distancing themselves from Ozil’s call to action and Wenger has defended the German’s right to speak out.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Video Settings Skip Read More Read More Read More Top articles Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 18 Dec 2019 1:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares About Connatix V67539 Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Comment Ozil is a Muslim (Picture: Getty)‘They kill their holy men. The men are forced into camps and their families are forced to live with Chinese men.‘The women are forced to marry Chinese men. But Muslims are silent. They won’t make a noise.‘They have abandoned them. Don’t they know that giving consent for persecution is persecution itself?’MORE: Yaya Toure takes swipe at Mesut Ozil and tells Arsenal star he was wrong to condemn China’s treatment of UighursMORE: Arsenal respond to Mesut Ozil social media post Advertisement Full Screen / ‘What he says is about himself and not Arsenal,’ said Wenger.‘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.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityChina have threatened further action against Arsenal. Ozil is a Muslim and compelled others to speak out on the human rights violations in China.‘East Turkistan, the bleeding wound of the Ummah, resisting against the persecutors trying to separate them from their religion,’ Ozil said in a statement.‘They burn their Qurans. They shut down their mosques. They ban their schools. by Metro PLAY Coming Next
The government in Brazil says they will investigate whether FIFA’s official accommodation agency was involved in “cartel” practices that may lead to hotel price hikes during the 2014 World Cup.The government announced Thursday that a committee recently created to monitor excessive price rises during the World Cup will check whether the actions by MATCH Services “can be characterized as cartel.”ReservationsThe committee will analyze the hotel reservations made by MATCH in the 12 World Cup host cities to check if they affect market prices. Government officials said they also will meet with the airline industry next week to make sure there are no excessive hikes in travel prices during next year’s tournament.Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff created the monitoring committee following complaints by consumer advocates and amid reports of outrageous price increases in the tourism sector projected during the World Cup. A study by Brazil’s tourism board earlier this year showed that some hotel rates will be up to 500 percent more expensive during the month-long tournament in some hotels offered by the FIFA-appointed agency.The government wants to know how many rooms MATCH has reserved in the host cities because, according to Brazilian legislation, anything more than 20 percent of the local market can be considered a cartel. The probe of MATCH’s practices and the start of discussions with the airlines were among some of responsibilities given to the committee after a meeting in Brasilia on Thursday. The committee will also be in charge of mapping out the prices and the quality of services in hotels, restaurants and airports. MATCH and FIFA did not immediately answer a request for comment, but have previously denied all accusations of wrongdoing.AgreementMATCH reached agreement with nearly 800 hotels in Brazil soon after the country was picked in 2007 to host the 2014 World Cup. The Swiss-based company says it does not regulate prices and notes that charges are set by the hotel owners and other tourism stakeholders.Tourism projections estimate nearly 600,000 foreigners and some 3 million Brazilians are expected to move around the country during the World Cup that next June.