Orient boss Slade on Omozusi jail verdict

Slade: ‘It’s upsetting all round’

Orient manager Russell Slade spoke of his disappointment after defender Elliot Omozusi was jailed for two-and-a-half years last Friday.

The 22-year-old, who joined the club from Fulham, was found guilty at Snaresbrook crown court of witness revenge.

Omozusi played 50 league games for the O's, the last coming in a 1-1 draw against Sheffield United in October.

The O's boss said: "I'm really disappointed to be honest.

"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.

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"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."

The club are expected to make a statement tomorrow (Wednesday).