Tottenham have been awarded a bye into the fourth round of
the Carabao Cup following the cancellation of their third
round tie vs Leyton Orient.
Orient on Monday announced numerous first-team staff had
tested positive for coronavirus which resulted in Tuesday’s
fixture being postponed just two hours before kick-off .
Orient’s Breyer Group Stadium was closed – along with the
club’s training ground – after multiple players and staff tested positive for coronavirus And after discussions with the EFL, the governing body have
declared Orient have forfeited the tie which awards Spurs a bye
– which means they will play Chelsea in round four.
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An EFL statement read: “In accordance with Carabao Cup
Rules, Tottenham Hotspur have been awarded with a bye to
progress to Round Four of the Carabao Cup 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. This
followed a number of Leyton Orient players testing positive for
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“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.”