Leyton Orient boss Slade reacts to jailing of defender Omozusi

16:41 22 November 2011

Sheepish: Pro footballer Omozusi

Sheepish: Pro footballer Omozusi

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The boss of a London football club has spoken out after one of his players was jailed and labelled a ‘gang member’ by police.

Leyton Orient defender Elliot Omozusi was locked up for two and a half years for witness revenge, at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday.

He was part of a gang who chased a man through Liverpool for helping to jail a gang over the murder of 16-year old girl Agnes Sina-Inakoju in Dalston, last year.

Twenty-two-year-old Omozusi played 50 times in League One for Orient, since signing from Premier League Fulham, in 2010.

But this week, his professional career as a footballer laid in tatters.

“I’m really disappointed to be honest,” O’s manager Russell Slade told London24.com.

“It’s not good news for the football club or the boy. That’s all I really want to say on it at the minute.

“He was a key player for us last season, it’s upsetting all round.

“In terms of the rest of the players, the group are disappointed and upset with it as well, because he was one of us and I like to think that we breed ourselves on team spirit and togetherness and all those qualities that go into making a football club successful.

“But we have lost him now and we are going to have to move on.”

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