Tottenham to host Chelsea after Orient forfeited Carabo Cup third-rotund tie
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Tottenham to host Chelsea after Orient forfeited Carabo Cup third-rotund tie

Tottenham have been handed a bye into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup competition after Leyton Orient forfeited the third-round tie. 

Spurs were set to play the League Two side on Tuesday, but the match was called off following the positive coronavirus tests.

The EFL has issued the following statement:

“In accordance with Carabao Cup Rules, Tottenham Hotspur have been awarded a bye to progress to Round Four of the Carabao Cup and will now play Chelsea on Tuesday 29 September (kick-off 7.45pm).

“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 fulfill its obligations to complete the fixture by virtue of the Council’s order and shall therefore forfeit the tie.”

Tottenham, in a statement, wished the League Two club well;

"Everyone at Tottenham Hotspur sends their best wishes to Leyton Orient for the health and wellbeing of their players and staff, their families and all those affected at this time,"

"We remain committed to helping to raise funds in aid of the JE3 Foundation, set up in the memory of Justin Edinburgh, and shall update in due course on auctioning match-worn shirts from a different fixture,"

Tottenham will now host London neighbours Chelsea in the fourth round of the competition. 

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