Tottenham fall into deeper Covid chaos after UEFA rule clash with Rennes CANNOT be played, throwing Europa Conference League group stage into disarray and raising possibility of Spurs forfeiting the game
- UEFA have decided Tottenham’s postponed European game cannot be played
- Spurs’ final European group stage match against Rennes was initially postponed
- Antonio Conte’s side asked for it to be rescheduled after a Covid-19 outbreak
- The angry French side demanded UEFA cancel rather than postpone the game
UEFA have ruled that Tottenham’s postponed Europa Conference League match against Rennes cannot be played – throwing the group into chaos.
Spurs’ final group stage tie was postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak at the club, with Antonio Conte’s side asking for it to be rescheduled, but UEFA state this is not possible.
The European governing body have referred the matter to the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body to resolve the issue, with Tottenham forfeiting the game a potential option.
UEFA have ruled Tottenham’s Europa Conference League game vs Rennes cannot be played
The UEFA statement said: ‘Following a COVID-19 outbreak in the team of Tottenham Hotspur FC ahead of the UEFA Europa Conference League group stage match against Stade Rennais FC, scheduled to take place on 9 December 2021 in London, the match could not take place.
‘Unfortunately, despite all efforts, a solution that could work for both clubs could not be found.
‘As a consequence, the match can no longer be played and the matter will, therefore, be referred to the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body for a decision to be taken in accordance with Annex J of the above-mentioned competition regulations.’
Tottenham announced on Wednesday the game would not happen the following day because of the coronavirus outbreak, but opponents Rennes angrily accused the Premier League side of making a ‘unilateral decision’.
UEFA’s ruling comes with serious questions over when the game would be played, given that rules state there is a December 31 deadline for group games to be completed.
Tottenham have a packed domestic schedule – with their game against Burnley already postponed – and Rennes go on a winter break on December 22.
The club’s league match against Brighton on Sunday has also been postponed, with the clash against Leicester the week after also at risk of being delayed.
More to follow.
Spurs’ Group G Table – as it stands
Team MP W D L GF GA GD Points
1. Rennes 5 3 2 0 10 7 3 11
2. Vitesse 6 3 1 2 12 9 3 10
3. Tottenham 5 2 1 2 11 8 3 7
4. NS Mura 6 1 0 5 5 14 -9 3
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