Turkish Super Lig club, Trabzonspor have announced they have terminated the contract of former Nigerian international, John Obi Mikel after he refused to come off the bench to play last weekend.
The news was confirmed in a statement released by the club, and no reason was given for the contract termination.
“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 announced.
Mikel Obi joined the Turkish club as a free agent on a two-year deal in the summer of 2019.
Mikel however criticised Turkish football authorities, for not suspending the Turkish league season despite the spread of the coronavirus, and he refused to come off the bench for their 1-1 draw with Istanbul Basaksehir on Sunday.
He posted on social media: “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.”