“I am happy and relieved that everything has now been suspended”, Ogbonna blasts English authorities over delay in suspending Premier League actions after outbreak of Corona virus

West Ham United defender Angelo Ogbonna has shown his dissatisfaction with how English authorities handled the issue of coronavirus before it spread to English stars.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea‘s Callum Hudson-Odoi have so far tested positive for the virus but Ogbonna insists the English authorities seem to have waited till it spreads before they could stop the competitions.

West Ham United’s Italian defender Angelo Ogbonna (R) tries to defend as Chelsea’s Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard runs at him during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge in London on April 8, 2019. (Photo by OLLY GREENWOOD / AFP) /

According to Daily Mail, Ogbonna said he found it astonishing that the UK government were allowing football to go ahead with large crowds in attendance in the wake of the pandemic.

‘I am happy and relieved that everything has now been suspended, including the minor leagues. It was almost as if they wanted to ignore such a serious problem,’ Ogbonna told the Corriere della Sera newspaper.

‘It’s not just football, but this problem is ingrained in the English mentality. They still don’t realise the danger of a virus that can be passed on in seconds if you don’t behave in the right way.

‘It’s completely unacceptable that the Arsenal game against us was allowed to go ahead. They had just played against Olympiacos, whose President tested positive for Coronavirus.

‘It’s almost as if they were waiting for someone to die before taking action.’

The Italian international warned that the UK is still not dealing with the coronavirus outbreak correctly.

He added: ‘I haven’t been tested or checked over in any way. That is another testament to an attitude that is at the very least superficial.’

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