The first Uyghur player to represent China

Mirahmetjan Muzepper made history for China during the international break when he played against Qatar. This is because the 27-year-old became the first Uyghur player to play for the senior side. 

There is currently an international concern for the people of Uighur. This is due to the fact that Uyghurs primarily practice Islam. Then with Islam misunderstood by the Chinese government, it's thought that in China's far-western region of Xinjiang where over 11 million Uyghurs are said to live tough security measures are in place by the government. 

With the government saying these are in place against separatist groups and Islamic extremist threat.

Then what is a worry it is reported that up to one million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities have been detained in internment camps in Xinjiang, according to estimates cited by a United Nations panel.

It should be said that these statements in China have been reported as untrue. Then whatever the truth it still is a big deal from a player from this background to get a chance to play for his country. 

This was not the first time the player had worn the shirt of China however as in 2010 the Tianjin Teda defender played at the Asian Games. 

I feel the player's involvement for his country is however not political and is based solely on his good performances in the CSL this season. Meanwhile in China reports have unsurprisingly shied away from mentioning his ethnicity. 

Although the player hasn't and said last year on his ethnic background  "Xinjiang players have that unyielding (character) in their bones. Even though my skills are not as good as yours, I can use my efforts to make up for it."

Brandon Chemers, editor-in-chief of the Wild East Football website also said on the player's call-up "It is hard to discount the possibility that Muzepper's call-up is politically motivated". He did then add "but I don't think so. This side is a bit more experimental than previous ones and I think Lippi wants to see what he can do. Muzepper's not setting the world on fire, but he's having a decent enough season with Tianjin." 

The player then did not do badly by all accounts in his 62 minutes over two games from China and there's every chance he will be involved again for China when they face India on the 12th October.  

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