Football: Chelsea star's father kidnapped in Nigeria
The father of Chelsea and Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel has been abducted in his homeland, the player's representatives said in a statement Monday.
Michael Obi, who runs a transport company, was seized on Friday, Sport Entertainment and Media Group said.
Mikel played in Chelsea's opening English Premier League match of the season, a 0-0 draw at Stoke City, knowing his father had been kidnapped.
"SEM confirms that client John Obi Mikel's father was abducted in Nigeria on Friday, August 10," the firm, Sport Entertainment and Media Group, said.
"Thus far no ransom (demand) has been received. Mikel was informed by his manager prior to the Stoke v Chelsea match and decided to play so as not to let down his team and family."
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