Premier League to pay for compulsory Covid tests for EFL opponents in cups

  • Policy applies to FA Cup and to Carabao Cup after this week
  • Top-flight teams agree to use points per game if season curtailed

The Premier League is to pay for Covid-19 testing for EFL opponents in cup competitions this season. Under the terms of an arrangement that will start with any Carabao Cup quarter-finals and apply to FA Cup ties, clubs will be required to comply with the process.

The decision comes after disparities in testing regimes between the top flight and Football League clubs led to concerns over safety, with an outbreak of coronavirus in the Leyton Orient squad discovered only after Tottenham, their opponents in the Carabao Cup, paid for testing.

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