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Mikel ''forced'' to defy Mourinho 2/12/2007
Mikel Jon Obi claims threats made against his family forced him to defy Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and play in a midweek friendly for Nigeria.
Mourinho wanted to withdraw Mikel from the match against Ghana at Griffin Park after he suffered a thigh strain in last week''s 1-0 win at Charlton.

But the 19-year-old ignored his club''s advice to play the full 90 minutes.

He told the Sun newspaper: "Fans were threatening my family. They believe I pick the games I play for my country."

Mourinho was reported to be furious with Mikel''s participation in the 4-1 defeat and the Premiership champions have complained to Fifa as a result, but the teenager insists he was left with no choice.

Was Jose Mourinho angry with me for playing? Definitely

Mikel Jon Obi

He said: "People are still angry that I didn''t play in Lesotho for the 2008 African Championship qualifier in October.

"Only a few people know what I have been through at home in the past due to this situation. It was just too much for me to handle or control.

"It''s a shame that things turned out this way but only God knows what would have happened to my family if I had stayed away from this game."

The midfielder admits he has further risked the wrath of Mourinho, who dropped him earlier this season after questioning his attitude.

Mikel added: "Was Jose Mourinho angry with me for playing? Definitely.

"He was totally disappointed in me but I just hope I can explain things to him and then we''ll see what happens.

"Hopefully he will understand what I have been through and the severe pressure I was put under.

"There was just too much pressure from the Nigerian football officials and even though I tried to explain things to them, they refused to hear me out."

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