John Obi Mikel leaves Turkey over coronavirus fears

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Former Nigeria international John Obi Mikel has quit Turkish football club Trabzonspor, the team said, after the former Chelsea midfielder said he did not want to play as the new coronavirus spread worldwide.
“The contract has been ended by mutual agreement with John Obi Mikel,” Trabzonspor said in a statement late Tuesday.
The deal between the player and the team had begun on June 30 last year and was meant to last until May 31, 2021.
He criticised the Turkish Football Federation’s move to let Super League matches continue without spectators, unlike in other countries where games have been suspended.
“There is more to life than football. I do not feel comfortable and don’t want to play football in this situation,” Obi Mikel wrote on Instagram on Saturday.
“Everyone should be home with their families and loved ones in this critical time. The season should be cancelled as the world is facing such turbulent times,” he added.

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