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Leyton Orient sack jailed defender

PUBLISHED: 14:40 24 November 2011

Elliot Omozusi

Elliot Omozusi

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Orient have moved swiftly to terminate the contract of Elliot Omuzusi

Leyton Orient have sacked defender Elliot Omozusi following his conviction for witness revenge and jail sentence of two-and-a-half years.

The 22-year-old, exposed as a Hackney gang member, was found guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court last Friday and the club has now made a statement about his future on their website.

It read: “Following the recent conviction of Elliot Omozusi and subsequent prison sentence of 30 months, the club has reviewed its legal position and terminated the contract of the defender.”

Orient boss Russell Slade spoke of the disappointment felt among the players at Omuzusi’s actions.

“It’s upsetting all round,” he said earlier this week. “The group are disappointed and upset because he was one of us and I like to think that we breed ourselves on team spirit and togetherness.

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

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