Coronavirus: Mikel Obi sacked by Turkish club for refusing to play


John Obi Mikel has been sacked by Turkish club Trabzonspor after both parties agreed to part ways through mutual consent, the club has announced.




The former Super Eagles player joined the Turkish club last summer as a free agent.

He signed a two-year deal with the club and has featured regularly in most of their games.

While no precise reason was adduced for the mutual termination of the contract, 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 former Chelsea midfielder then refused to come off the bench for their 1-1 draw with Istanbul Basaksehir.

Mikel has yet to comment on the development.

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