World news – AU – Leyton Orient vs Tottenham League Cup match off after Covid-19 outbreak at League Two club


General view outside Leyton Orient Football Club after it has been announced that all football league matches, including the Premier League and Women’s Super League, have been postponed until at least April 3 in response to the threat of coronavirus. This

Leyton Orient’s third-round League Cup match with Tottenham has been called off following a Covid-19 outbreak at the League Two club.

On Monday, Orient confirmed a “number” of first-team players tested positive for coronavirus, and that has led to Tuesday’s match not going ahead – although there are still discussions regarding whether to postpone or hand the tie to Spurs.

An EFL statement said: « Discussions are ongoing between the relevant stakeholders in regards to the implications of the decision not to play tonight’s game and a further update will be provided in due course.

« Leyton Orient, the EFL and the relevant authorities are conducting a thorough review of the club’s Covid-19 secure procedures with the view to reopening the stadium and training ground as soon as possible. »

« As far as we’re concerned the game is a postponement not a cancellation, » OriTravers told talkSPORT.

« I recognise that is in the guidelines. We have talked to the league about extenuating circumstances. I can assure you we will not be the first club this happens to this year.

« The net result is we expect this game to be replayed, we expect it to take place, given flexibility. We will certainly campaign very strongly to make sure that it does take place. »

Mansfield Town, Plymouth Argyle and Oldham Athletic were all notified by Orient, having played the League Two side in the past 10 days.

Orient opened up their league campaign with a 1-0 win at Oldham, with a 3-2 victory over Plymouth in the League Cup last week setting up the Spurs clash.

Most recently the O’s hosted and drew 2-2 with Mansfield on Saturday, with the coronavirus tests taking place after that match.

« Although there is no competition requirement to do so, Plymouth Argyle FC has made arrangements to undertake a precautionary round of COVID-19 testing ahead of Saturday’s game against Shrewsbury Town, having received confirmation that a number of Leyton Orient players have tested positive for coronavirus.

« At the time of writing, no members of the squad or football staff are experiencing any symptoms. As is consistent with government guidance, any member of staff who tests positive or begins to experience symptoms will be required to self-isolate. »


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