West Ham United 's vice-chairman Karren Brady has slammed Hull City after the League One club refused the Hammers' offer to pay for their squad and staff to be tested for coronavirus ahead of their Carabao Cup tie on Tuesday.
West Ham ultimately won the game 5-1 but there was chaos pre-match as manager David Moyes and players Issa Diop and Josh Cullen all tested positive for the virus less than an hour before kick-off and are now self-isolating.
There were similar issues surrounding Tottenham Hotspur's Carabao Cup clash with Leyton Orient which ended up being called off and Spurs being given a bye to the fourth round after Orient accepted the Premier League side's offer to pay for testing and a number of players and staff were found to have contracted the virus.
There have been reports circulating that Premier League sides are concerned about the lack of testing and have demanded that all EFL sides left in the cup undergo testing before their fourth round ties.
Brady has now hit out at Hull for their refusal, labelling it "blindly dismissive" and "unnecessarily stubborn" in her column for the Sun.
"[Hull boss Grant] McCann said immediately after the match that none of his staff or players had the virus — that might have been true of the last time they were tested, which was prior to the start of the EFL season", Brady wrote.
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"But how was he to know that — like Moyes, Issa Diop and Josh Cullen — one or two had not unwittingly caught it since their previous tests?
"The root cause of the farce is that the EFL had withdrawn the order that all their clubs had to test players before each match or even just regularly.
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"His attitude was unnecessarily stubborn and does zilch for football and plans to bring back crowds — plans that were blocked on the same day as Boris Johnson’s suggestion that it may take six months before stadiums can be filled again.
"I understand the EFL have told their clubs that offers like ours should be accepted. I should think so. And with thanks.
"Especially when you have to fulfil your Premier League fixtures come what may and as long as you have 14 players, even if you have no manager!"
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