Turkish side Trabzonspor has filed a criminal complaint after Nigerian midfielder, John Mikel Obi, was alleged to have suffered racial abuse at a Super Lig game on Saturday.
The former Super Eagles captain was targeted on social media after a 2-1 victory over Fernabache, a win that moved Trabzonspor above their opponents into third place.
Trabzonspor condemned the incident, insisting that racism does not have a place in football.
“Racism is a shelter for [the] helpless and ignorant,” the club said in a statement published on Twitter.
“We present to the public that we have filed a criminal complaint against the attackers. Football is much bigger than the little people behind these unfortunate acts.”
Mikel’s Trabzonspor team-mate Joao Pereira said it was “sad and unacceptable that in 2020 we’re still facing acts of racism and disrespect like this”.
“Football is much bigger than the little people behind these unfortunate acts,” he wrote on Twitter.
Mikel, who made the switch to Turkey from Middlesbrough in June 2019, has 22 made appearances in all competitions for the club this season.