The FA Cup 3rd round: What is going to happen and how is Covid being dealt with?

The FA Cup 3rd round: What is going to happen and how is Covid being dealt with?

FA Cup Covid procedures

The upcoming fixtures of the third round of the FA Cup present concerns regarding how clubs will face possible coronavirus transmission. Premier League teams have been regularly tested throughout the pandemic and after Project Restart. Whereas other clubs, such as non-league side Marine who take on Tottenham Hotspur, have not been regularly tested.

The UK has recently entered a third lockdown whereby people are being instructed to stay at home where possible. This has led to an increase in focus on how how to deal with the competition between clubs who have not been regularly tested. Marine will be tested 72 hours before their match with Tottenham and this is being paid for by the FA.

If a team test positive and are unable to field a squad of players, the game could face the prospect of being forfeited but teams will apply to the FA for a review.

Earlier in the season, Leyton Orient were forced to forfeit their League Cup match against Tottenham after the club Returned several positive covid-19 tests. The EFL at the time released the following statement:

‘In accordance with Carabao Cup Rules, Tottenham Hotspur have been awarded with a bye to progress to Round Four of the Carabao Cup and will now play Chelsea on Tuesday 29 September.

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.’

Whether the prospect of further postponement or forfeits will occur is down to the FA to decide.

Derby & Sheffield Wednesday at risk

There are already two matches in the FA Cup third round which are at risk from possible suspension. Both Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday have had several players and backroom staff test positive after the pair of clubs faced each other at the weekend.

The Telegraph understands that in excess of 7 members of staff have so far tested positive for the virus. The East Midlands club face non-league Chorley in the third round of the competition with their opposition will also go through a round of tests 72 hours ahead of kick-off.

Sheffield Wednesday, who played Derby at the weekend, has had to shut down their training ground due to a spike in positive test results.

Hillsborough Stadium

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – JANUARY 26: A general view of a corner flag at Hillsborough Stadium ahead of The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Sheffield Wednesday and Reading on January 26, 2018 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Over the Christmas period a number of players were found to have broken coronavirus regulations including Spurs‘ Erik Lamela, Sergio Regulon and Giovanni Lo Celso in addition to West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini.

Manchester City full-back Benjamin Mendy was also found to have broken regulations. The correlation between the recent rise in cases across the English footballing sphere and the increase in reported coronavirus breaches is seemingly not a coincidence.

Premier League Covid cases on the rise as Arsenal and Spurs stars the latest to test positive

Insight provided into Man City’s Covid cases as matchday squad (including Benjamin Mendy) to face Chelsea unveiled


This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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