Obi Mikel admitted the racial abuse he and his family suffered on social media after Trabzonspor's 2-1 victory over Fenerbahce were scary.
Mikel held an interview after his side Trabzonspor beat Erzurumspor 5-0 in the Turkish Cup quarter-final first-leg win on Tuesday. The former Chelsea midfielder was targeted in his social media accounts by the Fenerbahce fans. And the Nigerian has since called on the authorities to take action against the perpetrators.
Speaking to Turkish TV, he said, "After the game on Saturday, I started getting messages on my Instagram, even my girlfriend getting instant messages of racism and hatred, they were 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."
On the positive response from fans
"I have received messages indicating that I am not alone. I received messages from Galatasaray fans. I received messages from many people. I received messages stating that they were against the situation I had, and messages from people who knew me from the world."
"In this society, we live in, there should be no room for such things. We shouldn’t be talking about these things. We are all equal and we are all the same," he added.
The 32-year-old signed for the Nigerian side as a free agent in the summer and has become an influential player this season, making 14 appearances.