Wenger defends Ozil after Uighur comments cause storm in China

Mesut Özil playing for Arsenal against Stoke City, 22 September 2013.  Photo: Ronnie Macdonald from Chelmsford, United Kingdom

Doha (AFP)
18/12/2019 - 12:30

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended Mesut Ozil after comments made by the Gunners midfielder condemning treatment of Uighur Muslims led to a stinging backlash in China.

"Mesut Ozil has the freedom of speech like everybody else and he uses his notoriety to express his opinions which are not necessarily shared by everybody, but he has the right to do that," Wenger told journalists in Doha on Wednesday.

"You are a human being, you have an opinion, and then when you play football you play football. You do your job first and you have to respect that."

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