As the team was ready to leave the team hotel for Saturday’s kickoff at 3 p.m., the spray was distributed to all passengers as part of the club’s precautions to combat the spread of Covid-19.
But the alcohol-based spray set off the integrated breathalyzer on the team’s trainer, causing the vehicle to stall.
The coach safety measure – used to prevent drunk driving – was then activated, meaning the vehicle would essentially be stopped for six hours.
“A lot of clubs at our level are not following Covid rules properly, they are miles around in some places,” said Oxford United boss Karl Robinson.
“We’ve spent a lot of money making sure our players are safe and everything that goes with it.
“The problem is, the blowing machine was affected by the coach’s alcohol freeze, which meant that when he (the driver) blew into it, the coach stalled and didn’t start until. six o’clock.
“We had to use staff cars, taxis, you call it to get us to the ground. ”
“This week was definitely sent to test us,” continued the former Charlton boss. “It’s what it is, you can’t change it. We know things are not in our favor.
“But that won’t affect our attitude, the players are motivated by what is wrong.
“That’s the beauty of life, when the going gets tough, the tough starts. “