And they say that footballing bodies don’t have a sense of humour.
After a recent history of let’s just say, creative methods of doing the draws for various rounds of the EFL Cup, including holding draws in such exotic locations as Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and Bangkok in Thailand, leading to them being held at 4:15 am British time, the EFL have decided to go creative once again, this time a little closer to home.
The draw for the first round of this year’s EFL Cup is set to take place in Morrison’s Supermarket in Colindale, just three miles away from Wembley Stadium, at a much more reasonable time of 7pm.
Conducting the draw will be England legend John Barnes and Arsenal Invincible Ray Parlour.
— Mr Geldard (@MrJGeldard) June 17, 2019
Sounds about right for the EFL????????♂️
— Right In The Gary Kellys (@RITGK) June 17, 2019
— Louisa Wade (@LouisaWade_) June 17, 2019
Having been members of the football league for 15 years now, Leeds United are used to entering the draws at this stage, however that hasn’t made them any more accustomed to the frivolity of these draws.
Maybe as a result of their perceived status in world football, seeing the competition as somehow beneath them, or just looking for a few laughs during a quiet period of the transfer window for the club, Leeds fans took to Twitter to express their amusement over the situation. Not just the draw location, but just how low the competition has become over recent years.
Is it seeded or unseeded down the fruit aisle.
— Philip Rhodes (@sherby40) June 17, 2019
Sums up this competition it should have been scrapped years ago, the attendances at games are very poor.
I wish we weren’t in the draw.
— John Paul Redmond (@john_leeds25) June 17, 2019
Do it at the Wetherby one. Bielsa can pop in after his coffee.
— Ryan McWrestling (@Wrestlin_Maniac) June 17, 2019
????Proper joke of a Cup this, they wonder why people don’t take it seriously anymore.
— Tom Holynski (@ThommHol) June 17, 2019
Oh dear! Could it get anymore Mickey Mouse???
— John Clarke (@johntania2008) June 17, 2019