Griezmann ends his relationship with Huawei of China

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Barcelona player and French national football team Antoine Griezmann scored a courageous stance not taken by any of the European football stars except German star Mesut Ozil.

Griezmann, 29, announced through his official account on Instagram today, Thursday, the end of his commercial relationship with the major Chinese company Huawei, in protest at the way China deals with Uyghur Muslims.

In a statement in French, the crowned player with his country’s World Cup 2018 said in a statement in French, “According to strong suspicions that the Chinese company Huawei has contributed to the development of a warning program for the Chinese Uyghur minority by creating an electronic face-recognition program, I announce the immediate termination of the partnership linking me with this The company. “

He added, “I take this opportunity to call on Huawei to not only deny the accusations against it, but to initiate as soon as possible concrete actions to condemn this collective repression, and for the company to use its influence to contribute to respecting human and women’s rights within society.”
The post won more than a quarter of a million likes within an hour from fans who praised Griezmann’s move, which only Ozil had preceded.

A Huawei spokesperson expressed the company’s deep sadness over Griezmann’s decision.

“We would like to invite him to speak with him personally to explain the current efforts at the highest level within the company to address issues of human rights, equality, and discrimination at all levels,” he said.

Griezmann has been an ambassador for Huawei since 2017 and worked with the company while at his former club Atlético de Madrid, including promoting an Atlético-branded mobile phone in 2016.

This honorable position came a few days after a similar situation in which Griezmann was widely appreciated after he expressed his anger over a video showing French police officers assaulting a black-skinned music producer.

Griezmann retweeted the video of the abuse, writing on his official Twitter account, “I am in pain for my country, France.”

Source: Reuters

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