West Ham’s Carabao Cup match against Hull City was allowed to go ahead Tuesday evening despite the club’s coach, David Moyes, And two of their players were brought home after returning to tests positive for Covid-19 shortly before kick-off at London Stadium.
Medical officials from both clubs agreed to allow a tie in line with health protocols and in consultation with the English Football League after it emerged that Moyes and West Ham players, Issa Diop and Josh Cullen, were expelled from the ground after receiving them. Their results.
None of Hull’s players have been tested. There was a surprise when West Ham, who would face Everton or Fleetwood Town in the fourth round after a comfortable 5-1 win, revealed that the Premier League club had rejected their offer to pay for the tests for their team.
With events off the field dominating the focus, there was a surprise at first allowing the match to begin. But West Ham players and staff were tested on Monday and did not need to isolate those who had returned with negative results. Social distancing measures were implemented prior to receiving the results to reduce the risk of spread. Moise, Colin and Diop will follow government guidelines by self-isolating for 10 days.
The Premier League said: “The League has been informed of a number of positive test results in West Ham United team Shortly before tonight’s Carabao Cup match against Hull City. These affected individuals are now following the advice and guidelines of the Premier League and Public Health England and we wish them a speedy recovery.
This directive allowed the match to proceed as planned but not before the two clubs’ medical teams, together with the EFA medical advisors, agreed that all relevant protocols had been followed and both teams were comfortable to continue.
The test is not mandatory in EFL while it is in the Premier League. Tottenham had pushed Leyton Orient players to take the tests and the tie, scheduled for Tuesday night, was canceled when the majority of League Two’s first-team squad returned positive results. But Hull turned down a similar offer from West Ham.
“The club’s procedures and protocols on Covid-19 remain strict,” West Ham said. “This included a Hull City team test before tonight’s game – an offer they chose not to accept.”
The drama began when Coleen and Diop were substituted in the starting line-up for West Ham before the warm-up and continued when Moyes did not replace him on the touchline at kick-off. West Ham, who qualified for the fourth round of the competition after winning, announced positive test results 13 minutes after the match.
Moyes, Colin and Diop did not show symptoms and arrived on the field to participate in the match, but they were sent off after receiving their results. Alan Irvine, Assistant Director of West Ham, stood at Moyes’ place.
West Ham said: “The club’s medical team was informed of the results of the tests as the team was in the London Stadium preparing for the third round match of the Carabao Cup this evening against Hull City.” “The manager and the players immediately left the stadium and returned home. The three, who had not been showing symptoms, will now follow public health guidelines and protocols in England and the Premier League. Everyone at West Ham United sends their best wishes to David, Jesus and Josh.”
“We are satisfied that West Ham followed all guidelines and protocols upon receiving positive results, and after consulting with the Premier League, we felt comfortable as the match continued. The club will continue to monitor the well-being of our players and staff strictly in accordance with public health guidelines in England and the Premier League – as We have since put it in place – we wish the West Ham coach and the better players. “
According to Athletic, Arsenal, who played for West Ham this weekend, did not score any positive tests yesterday.
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