By Chris Kidd • 25 September 2020 • 13:31
Tottenham receive a bye against Leyton Orient in the Carabao Cup
A number of players in the Leyton Orien team have tested positive for coronavirus causing their tie with Tottenham to be called off.
As a result, it was decided that the League Two club must forfeit the title due to their inability to play the fixture. This decision is taken in line with the competition rules.
Furthermore, a scheduled match by Leyton Orient at Walsall has been postponed.
A match between Spurs and Chelsea will take place on Tuesday, fixed between their home Premier League fixture against Newcastle, which will occur on Sunday, and another match in the Europa League between them and Maccabi Haifa next Thursday.
According to different media reports, Leyton Orient currently has 17 players that have tested positive.
Chairman Nigel Travis told BBC Radio 5 live, “This is an incentive not to test and is bad for football and bad for health and safety,”
A statement from the English Football League said, “In accordance with Carabao Cup rules, Tottenham Hotspur have been awarded with a bye and will now play Chelsea on Tuesday, 29 September.”
“The round three tie scheduled for Tuesday, 22 September between Leyton Orient and Tottenham Hotspur could not take place following the issue by Waltham Forest Borough Council of an order preventing the match being played as planned.”
“The EFL Board has determined that in line with Carabao Cup Rule 5.1, the club was unable to fulfil its obligations to complete the fixture by virtue of the council’s order and shall therefore forfeit the tie.”
Ross Embleton, Leyton Orients head couach, said: “We’re devastated this has happened, but this club is used to setbacks.
“It’s really important that players, staff and supporters stick together through tough times.”
The club also released a statement saying, “Everyone at Tottenham Hotspur sends their best wishes to Leyton Orient for the health and wellbeing of their players and staff, their families and all those affected at this time,”
“We remain committed to helping to raise funds in aid of the JE3 Foundation, set up in the memory of Justin Edinburgh, and shall update in due course on auctioning match-worn shirts from a different fixture.”
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