Coronavirus: Mikel Obi Sacked By Turkish Club For Refusing To Play


In an extraordinary development, John Obi Mikel’s contract with Turkish
club Trabzonspor has been terminated by mutual consent, the club has
Mikel joined the Turkish club as a free agent on a two-year deal last
summer, and has been a regular performer until last night.
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
“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.