NetEase, which publishes the PES franchise in China, said the former Germany player had been removed from three existing titles in the country." The German player Ozil posted an extreme statement about China on social media," it said in a statement. "The speech hurt the feelings of Chinese fans and violated the sports spirit of love and peace. We do not understand, accept or forgive this."
Arsenal said the club is "apolitical" and China's foreign ministry claimed 31-year-old Ozil - who is of Turkish origin - was "deceived by fake news".