OZIL CRITICISES CHINA
It hasn't been a great week for Mesut Ozil. Not only were Arsenal thumped by Man City 3-0, with him being substituted to much frustration, but before that match he made headlines for calling out China for their treatment of Muslims, specifically Uighur Muslims whom he described as "warriors who resist persecution". Rights and protest groups believe that up to a million Uighur Muslims have been detained without trial in camps, which the Chinese government are describing as "vocational training centres". Arsenal called Ozil's comments "regrettable".
Ex-Gunners boss Arsene Wenger says Mesut Ozil doesn't speak for Arsenal, but has "a right to express his opinion."— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 18, 2019
The former German midfielder criticised China's treatment of Uighur Muslims on social media. pic.twitter.com/AaRuqGuqQD
HALF-TIME HOME TIME
It seems to be one step forward and two steps back for Nottingham Forest this season. After impressively defeating QPR 4-0 away at Loftus Road, they have gone on a run of four games without a victory, including a 4-0 humbling at home at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday this past weekend. It was actually 3-0 by the time the half-time whistle went, and as you can see from the footage below, plenty of fans had already had enough.
FA YOUTH CUP DRAMA
Mansfield Town were seconds away from being eliminated from the FA Youth Cup on Monday, 1-0 down against QPR. A hero was required, and they got one in the form of Kyle Tomlin, who decided to try his luck with a bouncing volley from about 45 yards which ends up looping over the goalkeeper to make it 1-1. Queue absolute scenes as the players bunch up and run over to celebrate with Tomlin.
PYRO, BUT NO PARTY
PSG, and Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in particular, were in outstanding form against Saint-Etienne on Sunday, winning 4-0. The fans of the home side were still, typically, on outstanding form behind the goal, and it seems like they decided to try and put the PSG players off from scoring any further goals (it was 3-0 at this point) by firing off dozens of flares. Cool visual, but the Stade Geoffroy Guichard has been closed to fans due to the incident...
As a result of the fireworks that went on during Kylian Mbappe’s goal in PSG’s 4-0 win over Saint Etienne, the LFP have ordered the Stade Geoffroy Guichard to be shut to fans and for Saint Etienne to play behind closed doors until further notice!pic.twitter.com/tUP8wWhMVA— Mohammed Ali (@mohammedali_93) December 16, 2019