The full story behind Mikel’s Trabzonspor exit

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It’s no longer news that former Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi has terminated his contract with Trabzonspor as the Turkish FA refused to suspend the league.

Mikel has been a key player for Trabzonspor this season and they are close to winning the Turkish Super Lig, something the club has not managed to do since their last triumph in 1984.

Mikel however fell out with Trabzonspor president Ahmet Agaoglu, after he called on the Turkish football authorities to postpone the Super Lig following the coronavirus pandemic. Agaoglu wanted the league to go on as Trabzonspor were topping the table.

Agaoglu had told Mikel to delete his social media post, which he refused, thus leading to a fallout.

“Football is the one thing in Turkey that allows people to get rid of their stress, to entertain themselves and to occupy their minds,” Agaoglu told reporters, as he was keen for the season to go on.

“If they suspend the league for a long time, in a month from now there won’t be enough judges to rule on all the divorce cases.”

Asked to respond to Agaoglu’s comments, Mikel was quoted as saying by the Guardian UK: “It just shows you how the thinking there is.

“I just have to be honest and be brutal with what I’m saying. It just shows that they don’t really care about human life.

“They don’t care about what is going on in the world. All they care about is how to win the league. The reason why I signed for Trabzonspor last summer was to win the league.

“I gave 100% in every game. But in this situation, where the world is facing such a difficult time, I didn’t feel that football should continue.”

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