‘Very poor statement’, ‘EFL are useless’ – Fans react as Leyton Orient and Spurs game looks likely to be lost

Leyton Orient’s big cup clash with Spurs looks in doubt after the London club recorded 18 positive coronavirus tests.

It is even speculated that the O’s could see the game cancelled and awarded to Spurs, costing them a huge maount of revenue. It’s a big blow to the club, who along with the rest of the Football league have found out supporters will not be allowed back into stadiums on October 1st as initially planned.

News of the issue broke via Orient’s official site following their 2-2 draw with Mansfield Town, saying:

“Today (Monday 21st) we received formal confirmation which shows that a number of our first-team squad have tested positive for COVID-19.

“We have informed the EFL and Tottenham Hotspur and will make a further announcement regarding Tuesday’s match shortly.

“We have also informed Mansfield Town, Plymouth Argyle and Oldham Athletic, our three most recent opponents, prior to the public release of this information.

“Leyton Orient’s priority is the health and well-being of its players and staff. Those who have tested positive will now strictly follow government self-isolation guidelines.

“The Breyer Group Stadium and training ground facilities will be closed until further notice.”

In response, the EFL issued a short notice, confirming that they would be awaiting the outcome of discussions before deciding if any ‘action’ is reuqired.

“The EFL has been made aware of positive test results recorded at Leyton Orient and is currently awaiting the outcome of discussions between the Club and Public Health England which will determine what, if any, action is required outside of adhering to current protocols and guidance.”

The match was due to net Orient around £100,000 due to being shown on Sky TV, a figure that will obviously be lost if they have to forfeit the fixture. A decision is likely to be made shortly, with an announcement expected today, but these supporters had plenty to say about the developing situation.

 

 

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