Marine players and staff all test NEGATIVE for COVID meaning historic cup tie against Tottenham can go ahead… and they’ll pocket almost £125,000 by selling 10,000 digital tickets (more than they would have earned with a full stadium!)
- Some 25 Covid-19 tests were conducted for Marine and all came back negative
- Those results allow the non-league side to face Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham
- Marine have sold 10,000 online tickets for their historic FA Cup third round tie
- They will earn £125,000, more than the £100,000 that would have come in
Marine’s historic FA Cup third-round tie against Tottenham will go ahead after all players from the non-league side tested negative for coronavirus.
Some 25 Covid tests – covered financially by the FA – were conducted as part of the latest round of testing, and the eighth division side will have breathed a huge sigh of relief with the results meaning they are allowed to face Jose Mourinho’s side.
There was in fact double joy for the club, with their digital ticket campaign passing the 10,000 mark, meaning that they will collect nearly £125,000 from selling the stated amount of online tickets.
Marine will be able to compete in their historic FA Cup tie against Tottenham after all their players tested negative for coronavirus
All 25 tests came back negative meaning they can face Jose Mourinho’s north London side
A tweet on the club’s official Twitter account said: ‘We have now reached 10,000 tickets sold for our match v @SpursOfficial.
‘The emotion now for what the football world has done in our name is overwhelming. There is no better feeling than when football comes together. THANK YOU!’
That figure is in fact more than they would have earned had a full crowd at the 3,000-seater Marine Travel Arena been allowed to attend on Sunday.
Chief executive James Leary revealed earlier this week to The Athletic that they would have earned approximately £100,000 in revenue if the games was not being played behind closed doors due to the latest coronavirus lockdown.
The club have also sold 10,000 digital tickets to see manager Neil Young (right) and Niall Cummins (left) in action, which will see the side earn £125,000
That is more than they would have earned with a full crowd at the Marine Travel Arena
However, there is plenty riding on the fixture for Marine, with the club revealing that they will be left with no choice but to furlough their players if they do not end up beating Spurs in their mouthwatering clash.
Despite their success in the cup, Marine have played just seven times in the league this season as their Northern Premier League Division One North West division does not fall under the ‘elite sport’ category that is allowed to continue.
That means Sunday’s game is likely to be their last match for the foreseeable future unless they win, and Leary understands the importance of the fixture.
Leary said: ‘On Monday, they’ll be furloughed, assuming we don’t win.
‘Hopefully there’ll be one last leg, maybe, but as it stands now, the players are going to get furloughed from Monday onwards.’
Non-league Marine will have to furlough their players if they do not beat Tottenham on Sunday
The Mariners have already faced other serious problems ahead of the Spurs game surrounding their playing staff, with clubs unwilling to loan players to the Merseysiders due to the suspension of their league.
Leary added: ‘We’ve had major difficulties with players for the Tottenham game.
‘The problem we had was the teams that we had loaned (players) from were saying “hang on a second, that means that when your game’s finished against Tottenham, you’re going to have three weeks where our players won’t be able to play for us as a result”.’
The club have been given a £75,000 TV fee with the match broadcasted live on BBC One this weekend, while former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who lives less than a mile away from the Mariners’ stadium, has sponsored the club’s dugouts and pre-match warm-up tops through his charity, the JC23 Foundation.
The Mariners’ regular league has been suspended as it is not deemed to be ‘elite sport’
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