Leyton Orient to stage 128-team FIFA tournament to raise funds for EFL clubs amid coronavirus pandemic

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Leyton Orient are staging a 128-team FIFA tournament in a bid to raise money for EFL clubs.

The coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 180,000 people worldwide including over 7,000 deaths, has forced the Premier League and EFL to suspend all matches until at least April 3.

There will be no football in England until next month at the earliest

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There will be no football in England until next month at the earliest

It is likely to result in League One and League Two clubs taking a financial hit with zero income for home matchdays until next month.

In response, League Two side Leyton Orient have created ‘UltimateQuaranTeam’ which will see 128 clubs competing on FIFA for bragging rights.

Teams from around the world such as Man City, Ajax, Sydney FC, Roma and Sparta Rotterdam have all entered the tournament.

Each club will choose a FIFA player to represent them in the competition.

Crystal Palace star Andros Townsend will be flying the flag for his club.

In total, 16 different countries will be represented with the draw scheduled to take place on Wednesday.

A JustGiving page has been set up with a £50,000 target as Leyton Orient say 75 per cent of money raised will be given to all EFL clubs within 28 days.

And the remaining 25 per cent will be split between mental health charity MIND and the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fundraiser, which has been set up by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Leyon Orient chief executive Danny Macklin said: “This is very much the brainchild of our innovative Media Team – Luke and Dan.

FIFA is a hugely popular video game among footballers and fans

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FIFA is a hugely popular video game among footballers and fans

“This provides a fantastic opportunity to play a small part in providing some engaging content with football fans at this very difficult time.

“Furthermore and perhaps even more importantly it’s a chance to raise much needed funds for EFL clubs and two phenomenal causes.

“On behalf of Leyton Orient FC we want to thank everyone for their support and we very much wish everyone well.”