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Di Matteo slams Mikel’s Twitter trolls

Chelsea's John Obi Mikel in action against Juventus. Photo credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Chelsea's John Obi Mikel in action against Juventus. Photo credit: Nigel French/EMPICS

Friday, September 21, 2012
4:57 PM

Roberto Di Matteo today condemned racist abuse received by Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel on Twitter. The Blues last night contacted the police over two “totally unacceptable, disgusting and abhorrent” posts directed at Nigeria star Mikel following Wednesday’s Champions League draw with Juventus.

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The abuse occurred at around the same time Mikel deleted his Twitter account, although Chelsea insisted the 25-year-old had not been aware of it and had been intending to leave the social media site in any event.

Manager Di Matteo said today: “His intention was to close the account anyway. So it was a good reason to close it.

“The social media world, especially Twitter - because it’s anonymous and so on - it’s a dangerous vehicle to express yourself.

“I don’t think it’s fair. If somebody has to express his opinion, he should put his face to it.”

The abuse of Mikel occurred after his mistake helped Juve come back from 2-0 down in Wednesday night’s Group E game, something for which the midfielder immediately apologised.

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