Tottenham Hotspur are now gearing up to a London derby against Chelsea on Tuesday evening as they look to progress towards the next round of the Carabao Cup.
The Lilywhites managed to qualify for the fourth round without even kicking a ball against Leyton Orient after the League Two side were hit with positive COVID-19 results.
Leyton originally revealed that a number of their first-team players had tested positive for the Coronavirus just a day before they were due to welcome Spurs.
In accordance with EFL rules, Tottenham were eventually awarded a bye in the competition as the fixture against Leyton could not be rescheduled (BBC).
This came as a huge blow to Orient as they had originally been chosen for live television coverage, which would have been a much-needed financial boost for the club.
Since then, Leyton Orient chairman, Nigel Travis has called for consistent testing across the English Football League (BBC).
Asked about the fairness of the situation, Spurs head coach, Jose Mourinho said (Football London): “I think they have to be very very upset. I think they have to. I have total sympathy for them.
“I don’t think they did anything wrong. They were tested. I think they deserve to play against us, no doubts about it.”
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