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‘When will the world stand up for Muslims?’ – Demba Ba joins Ozil for Uighur solidarity


Former Premier League and Senegal striker Demba Ba has called on football to condemn China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims, whatever the financial cost.

“The Black Lives Matter movement is stronger when non-black people step up for it,” Ba told BBC Sport.

“When are we going to see the rest of the world stand up for Muslims?”

“I know there are footballers who want to fight for justice, whether Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, any belief.

“As sportspeople, we have a power we don’t even know. If we get together and talk, things change. If we stand up, people stand up with us.”

The Premier League gave the go-ahead to public shows of support for the worldwide campaign for racial justice, set in motion by George Floyd’s death in police custody in the United States in May.

Players from all clubs ‘took a knee’ before kick-off while player names on the back of shirts were replaced with the slogan Black Lives Matter after a collective request to the Premier League.

Ba is not the first footballer to speak out publicly for the Uighur cause.

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil posted on social media highlighting Uighur persecution and calling for solidarity from fellow Muslims.

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