Walsall and Leyton Orient’s League Two clash has been postponed, with Orient confirming a number of positive Coronavirus cases. On Monday, the East London club announced that several players had tested positive for the virus.
The suspension of the match means that the EFL will need to reschedule the game in an already shortened season.
Walsall and Leyton Orient’s League Two Clash Immediately Suspended
Monday’s News Eliminated Dream Tie with Tottenham
Brilliant wins against Forest Green and Plymouth Argyle set up a dream third round tie with Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur. Not only did the prospect of Spurs visiting the League Two side excite the fans, but the club were expected to benefit financially too.
But the cancellation of the third round fixture prompted a generous response from a number of Tottenham fans. Followers of the North London club decided to buy Orient shirts and other merchandise after the cancellation of the fixture.
Now, two days before the League Two clash was due to take place, the EFL confirmed the suspension of the fixture. With both clubs unbeaten after their first two games, it seems that the cancellation of the fixture came at the wrong time. However, the swift action of the EFL is the kind of action that is required in these times.
Confirming the postponement in their report, the EFL said: “Due to the number of positive cases of COVID-19 within the Leyton Orient squad and the requirement for players and staff to subsequently self-isolate as per EFL and Government guidance, the club has advised the EFL it considers it is unable to safely fulfil this weekend’s fixture.
“The circumstances surrounding the postponement will now be the subject of investigation in accordance with EFL regulations.
“A revised date for the rearranged fixture will be confirmed in due course.”
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