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 COVID-19.
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.
Danny Macklin, Chief Executive commented:
“Naturally we are disappointed with the decision to award Tottenham Hotspur a bye to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.”
“Thanks to the heroic efforts of the team and coaching staff to turn around the 2-goal deficit against Plymouth we had earned the right to play against Spurs at The Breyer Group Stadium in front of a global TV audience.”
“We retain good relations with our near-neighbours Tottenham and wish them well in their tie versus Chelsea and in the remainder of their season. I would like to personally thank the many Spurs fans who purchased one of the many items via our online shop this week.”
“We look forward to delivering those items in the near future to one of our Charity Partners, Haven House.”