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Former Nigerian national team captain, Mikel Obi, has condemned racism in football. This is coming on the back of racist chants directed at him during Trabzonspor’s game against Fenerbahce on Saturday, February 1, 2020. Mikel, 32, was targeted by fans of Fenerbahce on Saturday, after a 2-1 win by his club, Trabzonspor. A disappointed Mikel expressed shock at the incident which has equally affected his family.

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After the game on Saturday I started getting messages on my Instagram, even my girlfriend getting instant messages of racism and hatred. Very scary messages towards me and my family and kids. There’s no place for this. I don’t think this should be happening and I think these people should be held responsible. They shouldn’t be allowed to come to games. I’m very disappointed with this – especially my girlfriend, my family, my kids. They are only four years old, why do you talk about my kids? I am very sad about this, it’s a very disturbing time for me.

Mikel Obi

Trabzonspor has equally condemned the attack on the former Chelsea FC of England star and have forged ahead to file a criminal complaint against the culprit.

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Racism is a refuge for helpless and ignorant people. Our player, Obi Mikel, condemns the racist attacks after the Fenerbahce match. We inform the public that we have filed a criminal complaint against the culprits.


Mikel who played for the entire duration of the game at the Senol Gunes  Stadium, is in his first season in the Turkish Super Lig, and has featured 22 times for the Turkish league outfits.


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This article was first published on 5th February 2020


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