Premier League clubs are reportedly ready to pull out of the Carabao Cup unless EFL players agree to coronavirus testing.

West Ham boss David Moyes plus players Issa Diop and Josh Cullen tested positive before the Hammers’ win over Hull, with Alan Irvine taking charge for the match.

But the Tigers refused tests, despite West Ham offering to pay, with boss Grant McCann insisting the Championship side were following EFL guidelines.

Irons co-owner David Sullivan said: “Medically, why are we in a competition where we’re playing teams who have not been checked? The EFL are not testing their players for financial reasons.”

The Sun report top-flight clubs will threaten to pull out of the Carabao Cup unless the issue is resolved.


Sullivan added to talkSPORT: “We and a few other Premier League clubs made the offer to give these teams a test at our expense so we weren’t exposing our players to untested players.

“Unfortunately, Hull didn’t want it. Charlton the previous week did, for example.”

League Two outfit Leyton Orient did take Tottenham up on their offer to pay for testing, and an outbreak at Brisbane Road was detected.

That led to the match being called off, with Spurs expected to be granted a bye into the fourth round.

A round of testing costs around £5,000 per club, with Premier League sides continuing to test once a week.

Orient have lost out on vital revenue by not hosting Tottenham, and chairman Nigel Travis admitted: “If I was doing this again I would not do the testing. This is an incentive not to test.”