Ex captain of the Super Eagles, John Mikel Obi, seems to have been declared the sacrificial lamb after the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) eventually agreed to suspend the TFF 1. Liga, TFF 2. Liga and TFF 3. League on the spread of the pandemic coronavirus.
At the meeting chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday, a decision was taken to postpone the fixtures to a later date.
Before today’s decision, the Turkish Super Lig and the Belarusian Premier Leagues were the only leagues in Europe that were in action, despite the outbreak of the COVID-19.
Mikel Obi was the first Turkish-based player to go public with his criticism of the Turkish Federation.
The Nigerian captain eventually had his contract terminated by mutual consent.
The 32-year-old also forfeited all his future earnings with the league leaders.