"People like Trump don't necessarily know what they're talking about" claims former QPR and current MLS defender

Monday, March 16th, 2020 11:38am

By Josh O'Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Ex-Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha is currently plying his trade in the United States of America for MLS outfit Real Salt Lake and has bemoaned President Donald Trump's reaction to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The coronavirus outbreak has caused widespread chaos both to sporting schedules around the world, as well as more serious issues in some parts of Europe where entire towns have been placed in a state of lock-down and residents have been urged to stay indoors. 

Action in all five of Europe's top five leagues have been suspended until further notice, as well as the MLS who have also halted all games for a 30-day period.

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Donald Trump has told the American public that coronavirus is everything from being a hoax to then declaring a state of national emergency over the virus. 

Nehum Onuoha is currently turning out for MLS side Real Salt Lake based in Utah. He spoke to The Final Whistle on Love Sport Radio about everything from President Trump's leadership during this crisis to whether the MLS will resume anytime soon.

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"Yeah people are really worrying but I think some of that is because people like Trump don't necessarily know what they're talking about which is crazy.

"Like you look at him and hope to find some assurance but it seems every time he opens his mouth, people are really concerned because certain things he says are just incorrect. And you just don't know what he is going to do next because it was only two weeks ago, you [Trump] said the whole thing was an emphatic hoax. And then you said it was a national emergency so you don't know which way to perceive things.

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"So it's not great, and people are really, really on edge. For as much as he has a policy and so on it would have been great if they had a leader who they could believe in. But so many people now don't have faith and it's a time when that's exactly what you need."

Onuoha also revealed how he doesn't think the temporary suspension will cause too much disruption to the MLS later down the line.

"I think if it was like the Premier League and you're so close to the end, you'd feel more pressure to get it going again because time is passing and you do have the endpoint, our season doesn't finish till October. So even though, as I say, we could miss out on a few weeks here potentially as it stands, you will just be able to somehow manage the the extra games. It's the way that we play over here anyway.

"I think the season will continue unless there's something which naturally drives people to the point whereby you just can't sit, you just can't play and you can't change anything at all. And as it stands, I don't think that's going to happen."

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