English Soccer Club Defends Player on Twitter After Racial Abuse

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Chelsea soccer player Jon Obi Mikel quit Twitter and the club rebuked fans who assailed him with racial abuse following a critical mistake in a match this week.

An errant pass by Mikel allowed Champions League opponent Juventus to score late for a 2-2 tie against Chelsea and cost Mikel’s club a likely opening round win on Wednesday night. Following the gaffe, angry Chelsea supporters used Twitter to send Mikel, who is originally from Nigeria, a series of racist messages.

Mikel shut down his account less than 24 hours after the match but later said he didn’t do so because of the racial abuse, according to a Mirror report.

Chelsea then posted this message to Twitter on Thursday:…
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