Former captain of the Nigerian national team, John Obi Mikel has left his Turkish club, Trabzonspor few days after he declared that he did not feel comfortable with games being played despite the coronavirus outbreak in Europe.
This was revealed via a statement released by the Super Lig club, it stated that the former Chelsea midfielder who joined the club last year has left the club by mutual consent. Meanwhile, Mikel still had in his contract till May 2021, however, the former Nigerian skipper exit the club due to the recent outbreak.
It would be recalled that John Mikel had earlier called out Super Lig for going on with football games despite the coronavirus outbreak in Europe which has caused many leagues to be postponed. He wrote on his Instagram page on Saturday, “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] season should be canceled as the world is facing such turbulent times.”
Some of the major top leagues in Europe, Spain, England, Germany, Italy, and France have all suspended their league. Also, UEFA announced that the Champions League and Europa League will experience some changes too. The two European Leagues will be pushed to finish by ending of June. While Euro2020 has been shifted till June 2021.
However, despite all these, the Turkish League, Super Lig has refused to suspend their games. The league is still on with games being played behind closed doors. Meanwhile, playing football behind closed doors is not the best option to prevent the virus from spreading, the best that can be done is to suspend the league and allow everyone stays safe at home until the virus has been contained.
The virus has affected over 190,000 people and killed more than 7,500 around the globe.