Mike Obi Quits Turkish Club Over Coronavirus Fears

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John Obi Mikel, Trabzonspor, criticized the decision for games to go ahead in Turkey with the coronavirus outbreak

Mikel joined the Turkish club as a free agent on a two-year deal last summer.

No reason was given for the mutual termination of the contract, but Trabzonspor confirmed the former Super Eagles captain gave up his remaining wages.

“The professional football player agreement between our company and John Obi Mikel on 30.06.2019 start date 31.05.2021 has been mutually terminated.

“With a mutual termination agreement, the football player gave up all his forward-looking receivables,” the statement read.

Last weekend, Mikel Obi criticised Turkish football authorities, for not suspending the Super Lig season despite the spread of the coronavirus across Europe.

The Nigerian then refused to come off the bench for their 1-1 draw with Istanbul Basaksehir.

The player’s two-year contract was cancelled on Tuesday following his social media post confirming he was not comfortable playing until the coronavirus outbreak was over.

“The professional football player agreement between our company and John Obi Mikel … has been mutually terminated. With a mutual termination agreement, the football player gave up all his forward-looking receivables,” Trabzonspor said in a statement on Tuesday.

In an Instagram post, Mikel called for the cancellation of the league, saying “there is more to life than football”.

“I do not feel comfortable and don’t want to play football in this situation. Everyone should be home with their families and loved ones in this critical time,” the former Nigerian national captain said. 

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“Season should be cancelled as the world is facing such turbulent times,” he said.

League games in Turkey are still going ahead without fans present at stadiums. However, top leagues in England, Spain, Germany, Italy, and France – as well as the Champions League and Europa League – have all been suspended.

The coronavirus pandemic has also forced the postponement of the European Championship and Copa America while also affecting other international sports events.

Meanwhile, Trabzonspor Club President Ahmet Agaoglu has opposed any cancellation or delay of the football league games.

“We are the leader right now … Trabzonspor should be declared champion,” Agaoglu told journalists.

 

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