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Mikel closes Twitter account after racism

Chelsea midfielder John Obi MikelChelsea midfielder Jon Obi Mikel has closed his Twitter account after receiving racist abuse online.

The Nigeria international gave the ball away in the build up to Juventus’ late equaliser in the Champions League 2-2 draw on Wednesday, and was berated by frustrated supporters in the aftermath of the incident.

The African player has now deleted his profile from the social networking site to protect himself against any further or future outbursts.

Chelsea have released a statement in support of Mikel and feel that the racist comments should be investigated by the authorities.

“We’ve been made aware of racist tweets targeted at Mikel which are totally unacceptable, disgusting and abhorrent,” an official statement, published on The Telegraph reads.

”We’ve informed the police and support taking the strongest possible action.”

Mikel is the latest in a long line of football players to suffer racist abuse on Twitter.

By Gareth McKnight

Article title: Mikel closes Twitter account after racism

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