Sunday Mar 15, 2020. 13:00
Legendary Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel has been backed by Colombian striker Radamel Falcao.
Mikel recently called for the Turkish Super Lig to be postponed due to the threat of the coronavirus which has claimed the lives of thousands worldwide and left hundreds of thousands infected.
Top European leagues such as English Premier League, Italian Serie A, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga and French Ligue 1 have been suspended.
However, matches in the Super Lig will be played behind closed doors until the end of April which is a cause for concern for Mikel, who plays for Trabzonspor.
“There is more to life than football. I do not feel comfortable and don’t want to play football in this situation,” Mikel said on his official Instagram account.
“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.”
Mikel’s former teammate at English giants Chelsea, Falcao commented on the post saying: “you are right, John. Life is more important than football”.
The two players are expected to be in action on Sunday with Falcao’s Galatasaray taking on Besiktas, while Mikel and Trabzonspor teammates will face Istanbul Basaksehir.