West Ham United star Angelo Ogbonna has hit out at the authorities in England over the coronavirus outbreak.
The world has been gripped by the pandemic.
West Ham were in the thick of a relegation battle when the Premier League was cancelled until April 4th at the earliest this week.
With the virus not due to peak for another 10-14 weeks there is growing uncertainty over whether there will be time to finish the current campaign.
Uncertainty grows as Premier League shuts down
What that would mean for West Ham and other clubs up and down the country remains unclear.
West Ham boss David Moyes has placed himself in isolation after cuddling and shaking hands with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta – who has since tested positive for the virus – when the two sides met last week.
Football authorities and the government have been criticised by some people for the way they have dealt with the outbreak so far.
Now West Ham star Angelo Ogbonna has hit out about England’s response.
Ogbonna rages over coronavirus response
The Italian is a leading contender for West Ham’s prestigious Hammer of the Year honour this season.
It is against the backdrop of seeing his home country hit hardest by the disease.
And he had some harsh words for the authorities in England when speaking to the Corriere della Sera newspaper revealing he has not even been tested.
“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.
“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.
‘I haven’t been tested or checked in any 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.
“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.”