"Football is very much secondary at the moment" according to Leyton Orient captain

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 10:01am

By Josh O'Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Leyton Orient skipper Jobi McAnuff has conceded that football as a whole is very much a lesser concern at the moment whilst the nation continues to come to terms with the severity of COVID-19.

COVID-19 has had unprecedented impacts on things like the travel industry, small businesses and the sporting schedule.

With many European nations closing their borders and thousands of workers all over England being forced to work from home, the nation stares down the barrel of both a health and economic crisis. 

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Italy as a nation are perhaps further along the line than the UK, with their number of cases currently sitting just shy of 28,000. As a country they are currently in a state of lockdown and speculation suggests the UK could meet the same fate. As expected with such news, many are fearful of the financial and health implications this pandemic could have on both them and their loved ones.

As a result, football is very much on the back-burner when it comes to priorities as it stands.

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Though the Premier League and EFL's suspension of all action until April at the earliest has rendered many left to ponder what to do with their weekends, football is very much NOT a matter of life or death, contrary to Bill Shankly's well-known statement.

Someone who echoes those sentiments is Leyton Orient captain Jobi McAnuff, who, when speaking to the Leyton Orient fans show on Love Sport Radio conceded football pales in significance to other issues in the current climate. 

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"I think at this point, it's very, very difficult to ask for clarity from a football point of view because it really is insignificant when you see the bigger picture and how much is at stake for everybody in the country. 

"And listen of course it's something we all love and for us it's a job, for the fans it's a passion, a lifelong passion really; it's something very special to them. You know each and every fan up and down the country.

"But listen, we'll leave it to the powers that be to try and sort of make some, I suppose sense of what is a very, very difficult situation. 

"For us, the main thing is is the health of the masses, and I'm sure like most people would agree from our point of view football is very much secondary at the moment."

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