Tottenham players expect their Carabao Cup clash with Leyton Orient to be called off following a Covid-19 breakout on the side of League Two … with Jose Mourinho’s victory.
- Leyton Orient suffered from a Covid-19 outbreak prior to Tottenham’s visit
- The League Two team will host the Premier League Spurs on Tuesday evening
- Orient may not be able to qualify for the Carabao Cup third round showdown
- The likely scenario will result in Tottenham being awarded the win and a bye
Tottenham and Leyton Orient players believe Tuesday’s Carabao Cup clash will be called off with Jose Mourinho’s men handing over the win.
The game is under great uncertainty following a Covid outbreak in Orient.
But Sportsmail understands that players of both teams are now confident that Spurs will get the win and a place in the next round.
Leyton Orient’s Breyer Group Stadium has been closed after a Covid outbreak
The League Two club will face Tottenham on Tuesday in a tie in the fourth round of the EFL Cup
Orient said in an official statement Monday afternoon that they had informed the EFL and Tottenham and were preparing to make an announcement on the status of the match.
Public Health England decided on Orient’s ability to fulfill the match. The club would forfeit the game under EFL rules if they could not.
“After our game on Saturday, September 19, Covid-19 tests were conducted on all of our first-team players,” the statement read.
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Today (Monday 21st) we received a formal confirmation showing that some of our first team tested positive for Covid-19.
Leyton Orient’s priority is the health and well-being of his players and staff. Those who tested positive will now strictly follow government self-isolation guidelines. ‘
EFL rules for luminaires failure
5.1 A club that is unable to fulfill its obligation to complete a league match in round one through (and including) round four because of:
5.1.1 that the club’s player (s) have returned a positive CAT result and are isolating themselves in accordance with the action plan set out in the Return to Play / Return to Training Protocols, resulting in the Club not having a sufficient number of players to fulfill the fixture; or
5.1.2 any requirements or instructions from the UK Government and / or any governmental authority,
loses the match, pays the expenses of the opposing team’s club in accordance with Rule 5.8 and the opposing team receives a bye for the next round of the competition.
Although it is mandatory for Premier League clubs to test their players and staff for Covid-19, EFL clubs are required to do so.
Orient tested their squad and staff prior to the draw, registering ‘some’ positive results to call the game into question.
The statement continued, “We also briefed Mansfield Town, Plymouth Argyle and Oldham Athletic, our three most recent opponents, before this information was made public.”
Orient manager Ross Embleton’s pre-game press conference, scheduled for Monday afternoon, was canceled.
Tottenham plans to auction off their signed match shirts from the match, with proceeds going to the JE3 Foundation, founded in memory of Justin Edinburgh.
The former Orient manager played 276 games for Spurs between 1990 and won the FA Cup and League Cup.
The JE3 Foundation was founded by Edinburgh’s son, Charlie, to support charities.
The foundation is campaigning for a change in law – known as Justin’s Law – to make all health, fitness and sports facilities mandatory with a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD).
The EFL rules also state that a club that is unable to meet its obligation to play in the cup due to positive Covid tests will pay the costs of the opposing team, who will receive a bye for the next round.
EFL clubs are allowed to reschedule league matches without incurring such penalties.
The money from the shirt sale goes to the JE3 Foundation in memory of Edinburgh (right)