Clubs unlikely to bite the Chinese hand that feeds

Arsenal’s decision to distance the club from midfielder Mesut Ozil’s criticism of China’s policy towards its Muslim Uighur minority won’t surprise anyone familiar with the scramble by Europe’s soccer powers for a slice of the expanding Chinese market. China is now the English Premier League’s most lucrative overseas market, with the country paying 564 million pounds for a three-year TV rights deal, while Italy, Spain and Germany have also pocketed big deals. Wolverhampton Wanderers are fully Chinese-owned, while the owners of English champions Manchester City sold around 13 percent of…

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