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18 Dec 2019

PES 2020 Mobile: Mesut Ozil removed from various Konami games in China

PES 2020 Mobile: Mesut Ozil removed from various Konami
games in China

The Arsenal playmaker made criticised internment camps used on Uygur Muslims in the country.

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil has been booted off the Chinese version of PES 2020 after criticising Xinjiang camps.

The Gunners are an official partner club of Konami's eFootball PES 2020, so the decision will have not been taken likely.

The former German international made comments about China's treatment of ethnic Uygur Muslims in Xinjiang.

According to a UN report, around 2 million Uygurs have been detained in internment camps.

Midfielder Ozil posted on Twitter and Instagram that the Uygurs were "warriors who resist persecution."

The foreign ministry of China said Ozil's claims were fake news, inviting him to see the "stable political situation" in the region for himself.

Repercussions

Arsenal playmaker Ozil's comments caused a serious backlash in the Far East, with some fans burning his jersey.

Arsenal's match against Manchester City on Sunday was taken off-air in China, and now Ozil has seen himself ejected from PES games in the country.

BIG HITTERS: Arsenal is one of many partner clubs on PES 2020

NetEase, who publish PES games in China, posted on Weibo that the German will be removed from three existing mobile games under the Pro Evolution Soccer banner - including PES 2020 Mobile.

NetEase said Ozil's comments had hurt the feelings of Chinese people, and they don't "understand, accept, or forgive" the player's behaviour.

PES developer Konami is yet to comment on the situation.

Amnesty International has praised Ozil's stance on the matter, saying the "world needs more people like him".

We recently reported on Konami’s partnership with FC Zenit St. Petersburg, meaning PES 2020 was STILL adding partnership content a whole two months after release.

Well now, Konami has announced yet another partner club! PES 2020’s official twitter directed followers towards a live stream that announced their partnership with La Liga team, RCD Mallorca.

Keep reading to find out what players can expect as a result of this news.

Much like the partnership with Zenit St. Petersburg, PES 2020’s partnership with RCD Mallorca means we can expect a load of new content.

TEASER: Konami released an image of RCD Mallorca’s fresh look

Konami has tweeted confirming the addition of new 3D-scanned faces for RCD Mallorca players, as well as any tattoos they have. New player faces will include:

  • Salva Sevilla
  • Manolo Reina
  • Lago Junior
  • Ante Budimir
  • Aleix Febas
  • Cucho Hernández
  • Takefusa Kubo
  • Iddrisu Baba

In addition, the new partnership brings with it a new player gift campaign that will begin on December 16th, which will reward users with the following six RCD Mallorca players:

  • Salva Sevilla
  • Lago Junior
  • Aleix Febas
  • Cucho Hernández
  • Takefusa Kubo
  • Iddrisu Baba

ON OFFER: The above players will be involved in the special RCD Mallorca offer

The official partnership between KONAMI and RCD Mallorca will also see an increase in local events and activations between the two organisations.

It seems that Konami’s PES title is back in a big way this year, as they also secured the exclusive rights to Juventus and a licensing agreement with the Serie A and Serie B.

Not to mention their groundbreaking agreement which sees the Thai League make its first appearance on any computer game and Konami’s confirmation that they have secured the rights to Euro 2020, with the full tournament being a DLC for PES 2020.