John Obi Mikel has lost his contract after refusing to feature in Trabonspor’s league match due to the fear of coronavirus outbreak.
The Ex-Chelsea midfielder sat on the bench throughout the entire game as his team were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Istanbul Basaksehir on Sunday.
Many top flight leagues across the world have been suspended due to the outbreak of Coronavirus but the Turkish League seems to be on-going at the moment.
Turkey has not been hardly hit by the outbreak and has only recorded a single death.
After few days of sharing a post relating to the coronavirus outbreak, the club has come out to announce that they have mutually terminated Mikel’s contract.
“There is more to life than football. 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. Season should be cancelled as the world is facing such turbulent times,” John Obi Mikel posted.
The main reason for the contract termination was not disclosed but it is believed to have been caused by the post he wrote on Instagram before the commencement of the match.
“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 club stated.