The show goes on for ex-City striker playing in Europe

PUBLISHED: 14:00 22 March 2020

Cameron Jerome during his Norwich City days. 
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Cameron Jerome during his Norwich City days. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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The coronavirus outbreak has seen English football grind to a halt but for a duo of former Norwich City players, it’s business as usual.

Cameron Jerome is a player remembered fondly in these parts for becoming the first City player to net a goal at Wembley, with the Canaries victory in the Milk Cup arriving courtesy of an own goal.

The 33-year-old made 138 appearances for City, netting 42 times before completing a move to Derby County.

Jerome featured 20 times for the Rams prior to signing for Turkish top-flight side Goztepe in a shock move.

Football may have been suspended in England but, in Turkey, the fixtures are continuing despite numerous players voicing their concerns at the FA’s decision to fulfil matches.

Jerome scored City's opening goal against Middlesbrough in the 2015 play-off final at Wembley. 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdJerome scored City's opening goal against Middlesbrough in the 2015 play-off final at Wembley. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The coronavirus pandemic has affected sport globally, but Jerome led the line as Goztepe recorded a 2-0 victory over struggling Rizepor in the Super Ligue.

Matches in Turkey are being played behind closed doors amid the health crisis, a decision that angered a number of competitors in the Super Ligue.

Ex-Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel cancelled his contract with Turkish giants Trabzonspor due to his concerns, writing on social media that it was ‘the hardest decision he’d had to make’.

Mikel urged for games to be cancelled prior to terminating his contract and did not play in the game last weekend.

Jerome is currently playing the Turkish top-flight. 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdJerome is currently playing the Turkish top-flight. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The Turkish authorities released a statement last Tuesday indicating the league’s desire to play on despite concerns over the pandemic.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told the public to avoid going out unless it was necessary, in the latest measures to contain the virus, but Turkish Football Federation (TFF) president Nihat Özdemir reiterated his league’s stance on Tuesday, saying that professional matches would “continue without spectators” until the end of April.

Jerome’s Gotzepe host Yeni Malatyaspor in April after their fixture against Trabzonspor was postponed.

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