West Ham manager David Moyes tests POSITIVE for coronavirus


West Ham rocked by positive Covid-19 tests for manager David Moyes and two players in his starting line-up just moments before they kicked off against Hull… but the match goes ahead anyway despite infected trio being in the stadium

  • David Moyes tested positive for coronavirus in the lead-up to Tuesday’s match
  • Issa Diop and Josh Cullen, who were named in starting XI, also tested positive
  • All three immediately left the London Stadium and returned home 
  • The Hammers’ Carabao Cup clash against Hull went ahead as planned at 7:30pm

West Ham have confirmed that manager David Moyes, along with two members of the first-team, have tested positive for coronavirus. 

Issa Diop and Josh Cullen, who were originally named in the starting XI for the game against Hull on Tuesday night, have also contracted COVID-19. All three left the London Stadium immediately as they heard of their results. 

Moyes, Diop and Cullen are asymptomatic and the match kicked-off at 7:30pm as planned, with assistant Manager Alan Irvine taking charge of the hosts for third round Carabao Cup tie. 

West Ham manager David Moyes tested positive for coronavirus before Tuesday’s match

Defender Issa Diop was replaced in the starting XI for the Cup clash by Harrison Ashby

Josh Cullen, meanwhile, was replaced by former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere

Issa Diop (left) and Josh Cullen have also tested positive for the virus and have left the stadium

In addition, West Ham confirmed that they offered testing to the Hull City team before the game – an offer which was not accepted.  

Moyes, Diop and Cullen received their positive test results at 6:15pm, with those involved and the club unhappy at how late in the day the results came back – just 1 hour and 15 minutes before kick-off. 

Diop and Cullen were replaced in the starting XI by Harrison Ashby and Jack Wilshere, with goalkeeper David Martin a late inclusion on the substitutes bench.  

West Ham said in a statement: ‘West Ham United can confirm that David Moyes, Issa Diop and Josh Cullen have returned positive tests for COVID-19. 

‘The Club’s medical team were informed of the test results as the team were at London Stadium preparing for this evening’s Carabao Cup third round tie against Hull City. The manager and both players immediately left the stadium and have returned home.

Despite the three positive tests, West Ham’s game against Hull went ahead as planned

West Ham assistant manager Alan Irvine took charge of the team following Moyes' positive test

West Ham assistant manager Alan Irvine took charge of the team following Moyes’ positive test

‘All three, who are asymptomatic, will now follow Public Health England and Premier League guidelines and protocols.

‘Everyone at West Ham United send their best wishes to David, Issa and Josh.

‘Tuesday’s match will go ahead as planned, with Assistant Manager Alan Irvine taking charge of the team.

‘The Club’s measures and protocols around COVID-19 remain stringent. This included offering to test the Hull City team ahead of tonight’s fixture – an offer which they opted not to accept.’

The announcement comes after Leyton Orient’s third-round clash with Tottenham was called off on Tuesday, with Sportsmail reporting on Monday that as many as 10 Orient players had tested positive for coronavirus. 

Leyton Orient's Carabao Cup third-round clash with Tottenham was earlier called off

Leyton Orient’s Carabao Cup third-round clash with Tottenham was earlier called off

Hull striker Josh Magennis, who started for the Tigers on Tuesday, has previously voiced his concerns about football’s return amid the pandemic, particularly given he is asthmatic.  

‘I am concerned to be honest with you,’ Magennis told BBC Northern Ireland, back in May. 

‘You read what’s going on in the news. At the start we were told that it might not affect people with asthma too much, but now we hear that asthma is on the list of things that make people vulnerable.

Hull striker Josh Magennis started on Tuesday night and has previously voiced his concerns

Hull striker Josh Magennis started on Tuesday night and has previously voiced his concerns

‘I have asthma, I’ve had it for 10 years, and my youngest son has it. I wouldn’t say it is severe, but it is enough to disrupt what he is doing, especially when he is exercising.

‘I also saw on the news recently that ethnic minorities, black men and women, are more likely to suffer severe consequences if they catch coronavirus.

‘You are reading all of this and, you know what it is like when you are at home, there are loads of things going through your mind. You’re wondering what is going to happen.’

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