Turkish club, Trabzonspor, have defended their midfielder John Obi Mikel, who has been subjected to racist and hateful insults on social media following a heated 2-1 win against Fenerbahce on Saturday.
Trabzonspor in strong terms condemned the “ignorant people” responsible for racially abusing Mikel after their win against Fenerbahce at the weekend.
Mikel was in action from start to finish as his side earned a hard-fought 2-1 win against the Istanbul giants.
It was a heated match, with Luiz Gustavo sent off late on for dissent and Fenerbahce midfielder, Emre Belozoglu, seen arguing with a furious Mikel after the final whistle.
According to a report on Goal, Belozoglu and Mikel had to be separated by team-mates at the end of the game, having been involved in a running battle in the midfield.
Belozoglu, a former captain of the Turkish national team is a controversial figure even in his home country, having previously been accused of racially abusing opponents.
After the distasteful episode on the pitch, Mikel has since been the target of racist slurs on social media, prompting Trabzonspor to issue a statement on Twitter which reads:
“Racism is a refuge for helpless and ignorant people. Our player, [John] Obi Mikel, condemns the racist insults after the Fenerbahce match. We present to the public that we have filed a criminal complaint against the offenders.”