• News

John Obi Mikel quits after being forced to play

John Obi Mikel
Getty Images

Former Chelsea star John Obi Mikel has terminated his contract with Trabzonspor after being forced to play in during the OCVID-19 pandemic.

The Turkish Super Lig is one of the very last top-flight leagues still playing football in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Teams in Turkey are still playing behind closed doors. As president Recep Erdogan continues to deny the problem is serious in the country.

The former Chelsea star John Obi Mikel has taken exception.

By mutual consent, he has agreed to walk away from a lucrative contract with top of the table Trabzonspor. Which still has 18 months to run.

The club released a statement on their official website, trabzonspor.org,tr saying:

“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 player took to Instagram insisting that football was simply not that important.

The likes of Didier Drogba and Radmel Falcao have voiced their support of the player’s choice.