Davinson Sanchez has blasted UEFA’s ruling that Tottenham must forfeit their clash against Rennes 3-0, meaning the North Londoners were knocked out of the Europa Conference League.
Rennes’ trip to Spurs on December 9 was postponed following a Covid-19 outbreak at the North London club and the game could not be rescheduled as UEFA were unable to find an arrangement that suited both parties.
It was announced on Monday by UEFA that the game would be awarded 3-0 to Rennes, meaning Vitesse Arnhem would qualify to the knockout stages at Tottenham’s expense.
According to reports, Spurs presented several alternative dates to Rennes for the rescheduling of the fixture but the Ligue 1 side rejected all proposed dates.
Tottenham have said that while they are disappointed by the decision, they will not be appealing the ruling.
Sanchez has now revealed the players had prepared for the Rennes game to go ahead and insisted the decision was unfair on the club since the game was called off due to circumstances out of their control.
The Colombian told Sky Sports News: “Having a right to play, it is not fair to us to just say, ‘Ok, you are out of the competition’.
“More so knowing that we didn’t play the game because of the Covid cases. We prepared for the game, we were focused, we were doing everything to play Rennes.
“It was the night before that we got the news that the game was not going to be played.
“I think it is a bit unfair for us as a club, for our fans because it was a competition that we were struggling playing away from home but we still had a chance to stay in the competition so it is completely unfair.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Not only was UEFA’s ruling unfair but seems quite poorly thought out. They have now set a precedent and incentivised clubs to play matches even if they have a Covid-19 outbreak in their camp by ignoring the risk of potential false-positive cases.
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