Tottenham Hotspur will kick off their quest for FA Cup glory on Sunday when they make the trip to Marine in the third round of the competition.
Journalist Jonathan Veal has taken to Twitter to reveal that the Football Association have paid for the minnows to undergo COVID testing 72 hours before kick off with Tottenham also having made contact with their opponent over the required protocols that need to be followed.
Should the match have to be postponed, the FA will review the situation in what is already a hectic fixture schedule for Jose Mourinho’s side.
Such ties in previous years have been a lucrative money spinner for clubs lower down the footballing pyramid, however, the coronavirus pandemic has had an impact.
Marine were handed a financial blow when government tier rulings meant the visit of Tottenham would be moved to a behind-closed-doors setting.
The non league outfit claimed they have lost around £100,000 in potential revenue due to the fact that 500 supporters are no longer permitted to attend the match (Sky Sports).
Marine will undergo coronavirus testing 72 hours before their FA Cup tie with Spurs. If the game can't be played the situation will be reviewed by the FA, who are paying for the tests. Spurs have been in contact with Marine over Covid-19 protocols as standard. #THFC
— Jonathan Veal (@jonathandveal83) January 4, 2021
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