'Suspending league will lead to divorces'


Trabzonspor president Ahmet Agaoglu has made a remarkable claim about why the Turkish Super Lig should not be suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trabzonspor, who are currently leading the Turkish top-flight table handed former Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel his clearance after he expressed concern over the safety of players.

Several leagues across the globe have been halted during the coronavirus outbreak but the Turkish league continued playing behind closed doors over the past three weeks.

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After the number of cases rose from six to 359 since Mikel's comments, which includes four deaths, the Turkish Football Association finally made the call to suspend football on Thursday.

And Agaoglu has now suggested that suspending the league completely would cause chaos in the personal lives of many as they chase their first league title since 1984.

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"Football is the one thing in Turkey that allows people to get rid of their stress, to entertain themselves and to occupy their minds," Agaoglu told Aksam.

"If they suspend the league for a long time, in a month from now there won't be enough judges to rule on all the divorce cases."

Mikel has since responded to the claims by suggesting they care about about the title than the lives of human beings, which is why he opted to leave the club.

"It shows you how the thinking there is," Mikel explained. "I just have to be honest and be brutal with what I'm saying.

"It just shows that they don’t really care about human life. They don't care about what is going on in the world.

"All they care about is how to win the league. The reason why I signed for Trabzonspor last summer was to win the league.

"I gave 100 per cent in every game. But in this situation, where the world is facing such a difficult time, I didn't feel that football should continue."