Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Mikel Obi call out Turkish Federation over coronavirus

The impact of the coronavirus on sport has been marked, with the pandemic forcing many competitions across the world to suspend, postpone or cancel events during the last week.

However, while football across Europe’s major leagues has been put on hold either indefinitely (Italy) or until early-April at least (England, Spain, Germany and France), the Turkish Football Federation have refused to follow suit by not suspending the Super Lig.

Gameweek 26’s fixtures were held behind closed doors, and this prompted Mikel John Obi to criticise the insensitivity of those in authority to continue the season.

The ex-Chelsea man posted on Instagram “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. [The] season should be cancelled as the world is facing such turbulent times.”

Radamel Falcao, a player of Galatasaray, voiced Mikel’s thoughts in his reply to the Nigerian’s post: “You are right John. Life is more important than football". Former Chelsea star, Didier Drogba, who played for the Lions between 2013 and 2014, also agreed with the midfielder’s “words of wisdom” on social media.

At the time of the aforementioned release on Friday, the number of confirmed cases in the country was below six. However, since Mikel’s post on Saturday, the number has risen to 18 in Turkey

The TFF were determined to hold matches with fans in attendance but that has now been replaced with a determination to proceed behind closed doors.


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