On Tuesday September 22nd Tottenham Hotspur’s League Cup tie at Leyton Orient was called off . This was after several of Leyton’s players tested positive for Corona Virus. Spurs are placed Sixth on the Premier League table standing.
English Football League postponed the fixture. However, the match was later called of. This is because of the spread of the novel COVID-19. The news came two hours before Jose Mourinho’s side played the third round match at the Breyer Group Stadium.
The EFL and relevant authorities conducted a thorough review of the club’s Covid-19 secure procedures. Orient had earlier shut down their training ground since a majority of their squad tested positive of the virus. They were advised to self-isolate.
On Thursday, the fixture was finally called off. As a result, Tottenham was awarded a bye into the fourth round against Chelsea or Barnsley under League Cup rules.
Spurs played on Sunday against Southampton in the Premier League. They will travel to Macedonia for their Europa League third qualifying round tie against Shkendija on Thursday. Jose Mourinho made a complain to Uefa about the size of the goalposts before Tottenham’s Europa League play-off victory.
Football League clubs are no longer obliged to conduct mandatory tests on their players and staff for Covid-19 on a weekly basis this season. However, it is still the case in the Premier League.
Leyton Orient club had revealed the positive cases on Monday. Reports claimed Tottenham paid for their opponents’ testing after Orient’s game against Mansfield last Saturday.
Tottenham may not be disappointed that the match was called off. It could as well fit in the midst of a hectic spell of five games in 10 days. Jose Mourinho had previously branded this as “crazy”.
Zero ticket sales
The Corona Virus pandemic has had a huge toll on English Premiere League teams. Billions of pounds have been lost on zero ticket sales thus far. The empty stands have negative implications on the teams and their communities.
However, the British government is eager to roll out several pilot programs aimed at bringing back fans to the stands. A set of regulations has however to be followed to the book as to manage the situation well. Tottenham Hotspurs are among teams with possible chances to be on the pilot program.
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