Once a star in Chelsea.
Now a victim of one of the sport’s worst problems.
Former Chelsea player, John Obi Mikel has revealed that his kids and girlfriend has been subjected to racial abuse from Fenerbache fans on social media. The former Chelsea midfielder has been in the news lately after been abused by a Fenerbahce player during a league on Saturday.
The Nigerian midfielder has now confirmed that the fans of Fenerbache have extended the abuse towards his children and patner, Olga. Mikel spoke to Turkish TV and said he was shocked by the action of the fans towards his girlfriend, Olga Diyachenka and four-year-old twin daughters.
He said: “A lot has been said about this – the issue of racism but since I’ve been here, my team and colleagues at Trabzonspor have been very nice to me, there’s not been any issue. 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.” he said.
Meanwhile Trabzonspor have explainss that an official criminal complaint over the racist attacks, the club said in a statement. “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.” the statement reads.