The EFL has apologised for an ‘unacceptable’ delay to their Carabao Cup Fifth Round draw, which was planned to be streamed live on Twitter.

After a delay for an hour and 45 minutes, a pre-recorded video of the draw – hosted by presenter Sam Matterface alongside former cricketer Phil Tufnell and retired rugby star Matt Dawson – was released via the tournament’s Twitter account.

The EFL, who have become accustomed to such embarrassments surrounding the draws in this season’s tournament, apologised in a statement which read: “The EFL would like to apologise for a number of third party technical issues that affected coverage of today’s previously advertised Carabao Cup Round Five live draw at Twitter HQ.

“The EFL has received an apology from Twitter UK for the delay which is believed to have occurred as a result of a faulty encoder. The EFL has requested a full explanation into the events that led to this afternoon’s unacceptable delay.

“Twitter has also apologised to supporters via their UK twitter account.

“A Twitter spokesman said: “We’re sorry for the issues that led to the delay of today’s Round Five draw. We would also like to apologise to the thousands of supporters who had been patiently awaiting news of who their team would be playing.

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BRISTOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 24: Players of Crystal Palace looks dejected during the Caraboa Cup Fourth Round match between Bristol City and Crystal Palace at Ashton Gate on October 24, 2017 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 24: A squirrel is removed from the pitch during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Etihad Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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SWANSEA, WALES – OCTOBER 24: Jesse Lingard of Manchester United celebrates scoring their first goal during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Swansea City and Manchester United at Liberty Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

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BRISTOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 24: Josh Brownhill of Bristol City and Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Crystal Palace during the Caraboa Cup Fourth Round match between Bristol City and Crystal Palace at Ashton Gate on October 24, 2017 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 24: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City shoots and misses during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Etihad Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

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BRISTOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 24: Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Bristol City and Crystal Palace at Ashton Gate on October 24, 2017 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

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Manchester United’s English midfielder Jesse Lingard (2L) celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Swansea City and Manchester United at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea, south Wales on October 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Geoff CADDICK.

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BRISTOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 24: Matty Taylor of Bristol City celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Caraboa Cup Fourth Round match between Bristol City and Crystal Palace at Ashton Gate on October 24, 2017 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 24: Gabriel Jesus and Alexander Zinchenko of Manchester City chase down Ben Marshall of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Etihad Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

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Manchester United’s Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho waits for the start of the English League Cup fourth round football match between Swansea City and Manchester United at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea, south Wales on October 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Geoff CADDICK.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 24: Alexander Zinchenko of Manchester City and Ben Marshall of Wolverhampton Wanderers battle for the ball during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Etihad Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

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SWANSEA, WALES – OCTOBER 24: Jesse Lingard of Manchester United is closed down by Martin Olsson of Swansea City and Roque Mesa of Swansea City during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Swansea City and Manchester United at Liberty Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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SWANSEA, WALES – OCTOBER 24: Jordan Ayew of Swansea City and Victor Lindelof of Manchester United in action during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Swansea City and Manchester United at Liberty Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 24: A squirrel on the pitch during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Etihad Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 24: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City looks on during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Etihad Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

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Manchester United’s Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho kicks a ball on the pitch ahead of the English League Cup fourth round football match between Swansea City and Manchester United at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea, south Wales on October 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Geoff CADDICK.

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SWANSEA, WALES – OCTOBER 24: Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United arrive prior to the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Swansea City and Manchester United at Liberty Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 24: Some Mitre Caraboa cup balls before the match between Arsenal and Norwich City at Emirates Stadium on October 24, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

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Manchester United’s Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho walks on the pitch ahead of the English League Cup fourth round football match between Swansea City and Manchester United at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea, south Wales on October 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Geoff CADDICK.

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“The draw had been scheduled to go live at 4pm UK time but in the end the draw was pre-recorded and published to @Carabao_Cup Twitter channel at 5.45pm.”

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