Blues hit back in Mikel feud
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chelsea have attacked Man Utd in response to their accusations over John Obi Mikel.Chelsea have attacked Manchester United after details regarding the transfer wrangle over John Obi Mikel emerged during a Fifa investigation into the complicated feud.
Both United and The Blues are fighting over the talented Nigerian star, and reports on Monday suggested that the Red Devils had asked Fifa to impose a transfer embargo on their Premiership rivals as well as excluding them from future competitions.
United's purchase of the 18-year-old was thrown into doubt after claims from Mikel's agent that the player was forced to agree on his departure from Lyn.
Mikel, currently starring in the African Cup of Nations, has subsequently maintained that his wish is to move to Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea are keen to add the gifted midfielder to their squad.
However the London side have expressed their anger that details regarding United's letter to Fifa have been made public whilst the governing body conduct their enquiries - claiming that the North West outfit are deliberately trying to influence proceedings.
"Chelsea football club is aware that at least one copy of a private and confidential letter from FC Lyn Oslo and Manchester United to Fifa dated May 18, 2005, that made unfounded allegations against Chelsea in the case of John Obi Mikel, has been leaked to the media," read a club statement.
"It is outrageous that private and confidential correspondence relating to proceedings before Fifa has been deliberately leaked in this way in an attempt to smear Chelsea's name and, more importantly, to undermine an active Fifa process and pressurise Mikel."
Chelsea have strongly denied any wrongdoing in the affair, after United claimed that agents working for The Blues made Mikel disappear after signing a legitimate deal with The Red Devils.
"For the record, Chelsea was asked by Fifa for a response after this letter was sent to Chelsea in May 2005," the statement continued.
"Chelsea informed Fifa at the time that these allegations were without foundation. The leaking of such fabrications some eight months later does not change Chelsea's position.
"As far as Chelsea is concerned this whole issue is a matter for Fifa, which is the correct and most competent authority to decide on it.
"Such proceedings involve Mikel, United and Lyn. Chelsea is not a party to those proceedings."