‘It looks unfair’ – UEFA president defends rules following Conte statement about Rennes clash 

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Reacting to Antonio Conte’s suggestion it would be unfair for Tottenham to not get a chance to play Rennes, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has claimed rules are in place to decide such circumstances. 

Following an outbreak of Covid-19 at Tottenham, their match against Rennes last Thursday, which the Lilywhites had to win to progress to the playoff stages of the Conference League, had to be postponed. 

UEFA have since revealed that the match will not be rescheduled as they were unable to find a solution that suits both parties, stating the case will now be decided by their Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body.

It has been reported that UEFA’s could award a 3-0 win to Rennes, thus knocking Spurs out of the competition.

In his press conference earlier this week, Conte revealed that Spurs offered to play Rennes and that the North London club should not be punished for the Premier League and UEFA failing to come to an arrangement.

When asked about Conte’s statement, Ceferin has now told The Sun: “I cannot comment on a case that has been referred. But our regulations are clear. 

“Maybe those regulations are sometimes hard to understand.

“Sometimes it looks unfair that a team has to play the next match in a certain timeframe or the result is a 3-0 defeat.

“But if we hadn’t had clear rules about it we could not have finished last season.”

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Conte was clear that Spurs were prepared to play Rennes within the stipulated time frame but it was the Premier League who refused to postpone the Leicester game. 

The situation became even more farcical after the Premier League eventually did decide to call Tottenham’s clash against Leicester off six hours before kick-off. 

So, Spurs certainly cannot be blamed for not playing the fixture before the start of Rennes’ winter break. 

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  1. It annoys me when these governing bodies of football, are fully willing to cancel an entire competition involving dozens of teams (Euro 2020) and seemingly oblivious of what is going on around them – to punish teams who had several players out, due to this joke of a pandemic. But can’t re-schedule one or two games or push the dates forward instead of this set in stone date of the 31st December for the fixture to be decided.


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