Tottenham’s match for the Carabao Cup at Leyton Orient was cancelled due to positive tests of coronavirus at the League 2 club with Orient owner Nigel Travis critical of the decision, warning that it could encourage clubs not to test players.
Orient was supposed to host the Premier League on Tuesday night, but must call off the match and close the Breyer Group Stadium and training ground facilities until further notice.
The test, paid for by Tottenham, was conducted after Leyton Orient’s 2-2 draw with Mansfield on Saturday.
The EFL released a statement on Tuesday afternoon prior to information reaching them about the test results that read: “Discussions are going on 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 grounds as early as possible.”
Unlike the Premier League, EFL clubs are not mandated to carry on with weekly Coronavirus tests on their players and staff which has sparked some growing feeling in some Premier League clubs that cup ties with teams outside the Premier League and Championship are a risk because of the lack of testing.