Long story short:Arsenal have distanced themselves from comments made by Mesut Özil on Instagram, in which he spoke out strongly against China’s persecution of the Uighur population in the north-western region of Xinjiang and criticised Muslims for not doing more to highlight the issue.
1. Ozil criticizes China for how they treat majority Muslim Uighurs, and other Muslims for not speaking out more
2. Chinese social media farms engage Ozil on Twitter
3. Arsenal wade in to confirm that Ozil's comments are his alone and they remain cool with China ('s money).
For those not in the know, a General Manager in the NBA got into hot water over comments made in support of Hong Kong. The NBA has a huge presence in China, and ultimately the league was forced to apologize and try and smooth things out.
What is the possibility of this occurring more frequent? Will the PL muzzle it's players when it comes to sensitive issues potentially impacting money flow? Should it? I mean, what's China gonna do, boycott the PL and watch it's league instead?