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Hull boss explains their side of positive tests

Hull boss Grant McCann has confirmed that he and his players were consulted over the decision to play the EFL Cup tie against the Hammers on Tuesday night, despite three positive COVID-19 tests.

David Moyes, Josh Cullen, and Issa Diop all returned positive results for the virus before the game kicked off, with the news announced during the game.

There was some confusion as to why the game was allowed to go ahead on social media but McCann insists that both clubs followed the EFL protocols to the letter and that the League One side had no problem with playing the fixture.

Quoted by the Hull Daily Mail, he said: “Just before the team sheets were going to go in, we found out probably an hour before the game.”

Asked if they had any contact with the players who tested positive, he added: “No, no we didn’t.”

He went on: “All the West Ham players tested negative. We were happy, we followed the EFL protocols.”

McCann did admit that he was unaware of when the Hammers were tested, but claimed he had no qualms about that.

He said: “Not particularly, that’s not something I’d like to speak about,” he said.

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“I know the medical team know that. We were comfortable with the game going ahead, and West Ham were, they felt they had the measures in place.

“After consulting with the EFL, after both clubs consulted with the EFL, we agreed the game should go ahead.

“It was a joint decision We were fine with it going ahead.”

Hull, of course, were well beaten on the night, losing 5-1 to a Hammers side managed by assistant Alan Irvine.

Both Sebastien Haller and Andriy Yarmolenko netted braces, while Robert Snodgrass was also on the scoresheet as the Irons secured safe passage into round four.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.