Leyton Orient boss Slade reacts to jailing of defender Omozusi

16:41 22 November 2011

Sheepish: Pro footballer Omozusi

Sheepish: Pro footballer Omozusi

Archant

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.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Friday, May 1, 2015
Benson Igbokwe. Pic: Met Police

A man has been jailed after he held a gun at point-blank range at a manager of a Knightsbridge boutique store in an attempted kidnap.

Friday, May 1, 2015
Gulam Chowdhury has been sentenced to life in jail

The man who killed his love rival by stabbing him 20 times with a large kitchen knife has been sentenced to life behind bars.

Friday, May 1, 2015
Police have released an image of a man who allegedly exposed himself to a teenager in a Burger King restaurant.

Police have released an image of a man who allegedly exposed himself to a 16-year-old girl in a Burger King restaurant in west London.

Friday, May 1, 2015
Nur Nordin owned some of the most extreme child pornography police had ever seen - and a life-siized mannequin of a little boy [Photograph from Metropolitan Police]

An international student at Imperial College London has been jailed for possessing “some of the most extreme images that have ever been seen” by child sex abuse officers.

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Police would like to speak to these men in connection with the attack [Photo by British Transport Police]

CCTV pictures of four men believed to have violently attacked a 30-year-old man with bits of wood at Forest Gate station have been released.

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Police believe the gun may have been owned by a gang member [Photo by Metropolitan Police]

An Uzi sub-machine gun has been found by police in a cemetery off Mitcham Road in Croydon, Scotland Yard said.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Pop on the most stylish eyewear around from Specsavers.

London eyecare specialists Specsavers are offering London24 readers the chance to win a £150 voucher to spend on stylish eyewear in the city.

Read more
A swastika daubed on a poster promoting Simon Marcus.

Conservatives in Hampstead and Kilburn are calling in the police over anti-Semitic graffiti found daubed on posters promoting parliamentary candidate Simon Marcus in Queen’s Park.