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End of the road for Igiebor



Nigerian international, Nosa Igiebor appears to be nearing the end of his time at Spanish top division side, Real Betis.

The midfielder has endured a torrid time at the club since joining for €1.2 million (N247 million) from Israeli club, Hapoel Tel Aviv at the start of the 2012/13 season.

Feted upon his arrival, Igiebor has made just three starts for the Verdiblancos this term despite being the club’s record signing.

He recently drew the ire of the fans when he returned a month late from the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (where he failed to play a game for the Super Eagles).

The 22-year-old said he had passport problems at Frankfurt airport on the way back but the club were not buying it.

He was duly fined 15% of his wages, almost €30,000 (N6.2 million) as relations between him and the club/fans reached its nadir.

The tense atmosphere appeared to have been repaired when the former Lillestrøm man headed home a fantastic 89th minute equaliser against city rivals, Sevilla in the derby last Friday but he appeared to ruin the moment with an outrageous bit of celebration.

Running towards the home fans, he raised both index fingers and let out an obscene four-lettered shout that summed up his frustrations following consistent months of boos and jeers from his club’s supporters who have yet to be convinced by his credentials.

The midfielder who claimed he was racially abused by the fans as he warmed up for the game has since apologised for his actions.

“I apologise as it was not a very wise thing to do. I was carried away by the heat of the moment and for that, I apologise,” he said.

However, the damage appears to have been done as it now seems inevitable that he is headed towards the exit door at Betis.

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