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Mikel Obi Leaves Turkish Club Over Coronavirus Fears

(File) Nigeria’s midfielder John Obi Mikel attends a press convention in Kaliningrad on June 15, 2018 throughout the Russia 2018 World Cup soccer event. OZAN KOSE / AFP.


Former Nigeria worldwide John Mikel Obi has stop Turkish soccer membership Trabzonspor, the crew mentioned, after the previous Chelsea midfielder mentioned he didn’t need to play as the brand new coronavirus unfold worldwide.

“The contract has been ended by mutual agreement with John Obi Mikel,” Trabzonspor mentioned in a press release late Tuesday.

The deal between the participant and the crew had begun on June 30 final 12 months and was meant to final till Might 31, 2021.

He criticised the Turkish Soccer Federation’s (TFF) transfer to let Tremendous League matches proceed with out spectators, not like in different international locations the place video games have been suspended.

“There is more to life than football. I do not feel comfortable and don’t want to play football in this situation,” Mikel Obi wrote on Instagram on Saturday.

“Everyone should be home with their families and loved ones in this critical time. Season should be cancelled as the world is facing such turbulent times,” he added.

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The 32-year-old performed for Chelsea for over 10 years. He retired from worldwide obligation after final 12 months’s Africa Cup of Nations after making 89 appearances for Nigeria.

The TFF on Tuesday rejected rising requires matches to be suspended.

Amongst these against any delay of Tremendous League matches is Trabzonspor chief Ahmet Agaoglu who mentioned any determination to cancel would result in an increase in divorces.

Trabzonspor — one of many main non-Istanbul-based golf equipment — are at present on the high of Turkey’s Tremendous League.

Turkey confirmed its first novel coronavirus-related loss of life on Tuesday because the variety of circumstances within the nation rose to 98.


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