Arsenal's Mesut Özil has been removed from video games in China after making controversial comments that have upset the country ©PES

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil has been removed from the Chinese versions of video games after he criticised the country's treatment of Uighur Muslims.

Özil posted a tweet last week which criticised the treatment of the Uighur Muslim population, who are alleged to have been subject to religious and ethnic persecution.

He claimed the Uighurs were "resisting against the persecutors trying to separate them from their religion".

The former German international also criticised the silence of Muslim countries.

"Muslims are silent," he said.

"They won't make a noise.

"They have abandoned them.

"Don't they know that giving consent for persecution is persecution itself?"

Özil's likeness has since been removed from the Chinese versions of FIFA and the Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 video games, following his comments.

NetEase, which publishes the Pro Evolution Soccer franchise in China, hit back at Özil on social network site Weibo.

"The German player Özil posted an extreme statement about China on social media," the company wrote.

"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's Premier League match against Manchester City last Sunday (December 15) was pulled from television schedules in China following his comments.

China has claimed Özil, who is Muslim, has been the victim of "fake news".

Human rights groups have claimed more than one million people, largely from the Muslim Uighur community, have been detained without trial in camps in Xinjiang.

Despite a leak of confidential information, which appeared to confirm the sites as internment camps, China have issued denials.

The country insists people are being re-educated in "vocational training centres", which it claims is in response to religious violence in the region in recent years.

Arsenal distanced themselves from Özil’s comments, describing the club as "apolitical".

The midfielder found support from United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

"China's Communist Party propaganda outlets can censor @MesutOzil1088 and @Arsenal's games all season long, but the truth will prevail," Pompeo tweeted.

"The CCP can't hide its gross #HumanRights violations perpetrated against Uighurs and other religious faiths from the world."

The European Parliament passed a resolution earlier this week demanding that China shut down the camps in Xinjiang, while urging countries to impose sanctions and asset freezes on people believed to be behind the camps.