John Obi Mikel

  • Toure, Mikel, Drogba vie for African player award January 9, 2014

    Lagos: Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba and Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel are in the running for the African player of the year award, which will be awarded later on Thursday. Toure, who is from the Ivory Coast, is the defending champion and is favoured to win...
  • Chelsea end winless run, defeat Fulham 2-0 September 22, 2013

    London: John Obi Mikel scored his first ever Premier League goal as Chelsea's four-game winless run ended on Saturday with a 2-0 victory over Fulham in the Premier League. After Oscar powered in the opener early in the second half, Mikel sliced the ball into the net in the 84th minute...
  • Chelsea deny John Obi Mikel's Galatasaray link June 21, 2013

    London: Chelsea have denied that John Obi Mikel is set for a move to Turkish club Galatasaray, according to ESPN Soccernet. A report in Turkish newspaper Sabah suggests Nigeria international midfielder Mikel, 26, had talked up the move saying: "I have played at Chelsea for a long time and it's now...
  • Forlan inspires Uruguay to 2-1 win over Nigeria June 21, 2013

    Salvador, Brazil: Diego Forlan celebrated his 100th appearance for Uruguay in style, setting up one goal then scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory over Nigeria on Thursday to move his team within sight of the Confederations Cup semifinals. Forlan's decisive goal came in the 51st minute with a sweetly-struck left-footed...
  • Benitez abuse affects players, says Mikel March 11, 2013

    London: Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel believes fan negativity is affecting the players at the Premier League club. Interim manager Rafael Benitez has come in for a barrage of criticism from Chelsea supporters since he was parachuted into the manager's job following the sacking of terrace favourite Roberto Di Matteo...
  • Mikel and Moses can lift Chelsea, says Benitez February 16, 2013

    London: The return of African Nations Cup heroes John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses will add an extra dimension to Chelsea's squad for the last three months of the season, interim manager Rafael Benitez said on Friday. The Nigerian pair, who helped their country beat Burkina Faso 1-0 in last...
  • Mikel banned for three matches for confronting referee December 7, 2012

    London: Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel was banned for three matches and fined 60,000 pounds ($96,400) on Thursday for confronting an English Premier League referee in the official's changing room. The Nigeria international approached Mark Clattenburg after the match against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Oct. 28, having been wrongly...
  • Chelsea extend John Obi Mikel's contract for five years December 6, 2012

    London: Chelsea extended Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel's contract for five years, the English Premier League club announced. The 25-year-old, who arrived from Norwegian club Lyn in 2006, is now under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2017, Chelsea announced Wednesday, reports Xinhua. "Chelsea seems like my home now because I have...
  • Chelsea 'regret' handling of Clattenburg case November 27, 2012

    London: Chelsea have expressed regret over their handling of allegations against referee Mark Clattenburg after a Premier League match last month, the club said on Tuesday. Chelsea also said they were sorry for the intense media scrutiny Clattenburg was subjected to following the game against Manchester United in which they...
  • Clattenburg cleared of Chelsea racism allegations November 22, 2012

    London: Referee Mark Clattenburg was cleared on Thursday by the English Football Association of using racist language toward a Chelsea player during a Premier League match. Chelsea midfielder Ramires said he heard Clattenburg tell teammate John Obi Mikel "shut up you monkey" during the Oct. 28 match against Manchester United at...
  • Police drop probe into complaint against Clattenburg November 14, 2012

    London: London's Metropolitan Police have dropped an investigation into a complaint made against referee Mark Clattenburg for alleged inappropriate language towards a Chelsea player last month. The European champions lodged a complaint with the FA over language allegedly directed at their Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel by Clattenburg during the...
  • Football fan arrested for making monkey gesture November 5, 2012

    London: Police say a man has been arrested for making an alleged racist gesture during a League Cup match between Chelsea and Manchester United. A spectator sat in the Chelsea supporters' end was pictured making a monkey gesture during the home side's 5-4 extra-time victory over United last Wednesday in...
  • Clattenburg omitted again from EPL matches November 6, 2012

    London: The Premier League referee embroiled in English football's latest racism feud has been omitted from officiating duties for the second straight weekend. Mark Clattenburg has been accused by Chelsea of using "inappropriate language" toward midfielder John Obi Mikel in a league match against Manchester United on Oct. 28. The...
  • Chelsea manager backs Mikel after beating United November 1, 2012

    London: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo said he had no hesitation in starting John Obi Mikel in Wednesday's thrilling 5-4 League Cup last-16 victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Mikel had a strong match in the centre of Chelsea's midfield on Wednesday, before being withdrawn in the second half...
  • London police probes Chelsea's claims against referee October 30, 2012

    London: Just as English football was slowly recovering from a divisive, year-long racism saga, the Premier League has been plunged into renewed controversy. And, yet again, the accusation being leveled is linked to racism — a problem thought to have been largely eradicated from English football in the 1990s. The new...
  • Mikel is Chelsea's unsung hero: Di Matteo October 15, 2012

    London: John Obi Mikel's value to Chelsea often goes unrecognised by the media and by fans of the European champions but manager Roberto Di Matteo says the Nigeria midfielder is one of the club's unsung heroes. Mikel occupies the anchor role just in front of the defence and gets only rare...