FC Cologne pull out of deal to run football academy in China

Marcus Christenson
Wed 18 Dec 2019 07.54 EST

FC Cologne are pulling out of a deal to run a football academy in China, with a member of the club council saying they should not support “such a totalitarian and brutal dictatorship”.

The deal, which was going to be worth €1.8m (£1.5m) to the club, was originally put on hold in the summer and on Wednesday Cologne said they would not go ahead with it.

The decision comes after Arsenal were criticised for their response to Mesut Özil’s Instagram post about China’s treatment of the Uighur population in its north-western region.

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