‘WE DID NOT ASK THE FANS TO PAY’

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO RESULTS - By Tom Black­ett

THE EFL have in­sisted they didn’t ask the Ley­ton Ori­ent Fans’ Trust to step in to cover the ail­ing club’s med­i­cal bills.

Ley­ton Ori­ent have had a dis­as­trous sea­son on and off the field. The O’s are on the brink of rel­e­ga­tion to the Na­tional League and face a wind­ing up pe­ti­tion on June 12, while the PFA have been forced to step in to help pay a per­cent­age of play­ers’ un­paid March salaries.

There was a sug­ges­tion the fans had been asked to pay a med­i­cal bill by the EFL, via the club, for to­mor­row’s home game against Hartle­pool.

But an EFL spokesman said: “The EFL has been in reg­u­lar di­a­logue with of­fi­cials at the club through­out the course of to­day (Thurs­day), en­cour­ag­ing them to find a prac­ti­cal and sen­si­ble so­lu­tion that will en­sure the safety of all sup­port­ers at­tend­ing Mon­day’s fix­ture with Hartle­pool United.

“The club has this evening ad­vised the EFL that they have an agree­ment in place that sat­is­fies the re­quire­ments of the Safety Cer­tifi­cate.

“At no stage dur­ing to­day’s dis­cus­sions did the EFL con­tact the Ley­ton Ori­ent Sup­port­ers’ Trust to ask for fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance nor would it be ap­pro­pri­ate to do so.”

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