Report reveals Tottenham update on UEFA Conference League appeal

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Any potential Tottenham appeal on UEFA’s decision to award Rennes a 3-0 win in the Europa Conference League is still under consideration with the club’s lawyers, according to Football.London. 

The encounter was due to be held at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium earlier in December but was postponed with the visitors already in London following a Covid outbreak in the Spurs squad. 

With both clubs having a packed schedule ahead of them at the time, a new date for the fixture to be rescheduled could not be agreed which led UEFA to confirm the game could not be played after consulting the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body. 

When considering the implications behind the postponement, UEFA ultimately leaned towards the side of Rennes which caused Spurs to forfeit the match and hand the French side an automatic 3-0 win. 

The decision meant Spurs were knocked out of the Europa Conference League at the group stage which angered manager Antonio Conte, who labelled it an ‘unfair’ move but promised the ‘next step’ would be on the horizon. 

However, Football.London now claim an appeal over UEFA’s decision is still only under consideration from Spurs’ lawyers. 

In a press conference last month, Conte revealed (via BBC Sport): “It is not definitive, but there is another step to confirm – or not – this incredible decision. 

“We are very, very confident for the next step and I repeat we deserve to play for qualification on the pitch, not in the court. I can’t accept this. We are very, very disappointed with Uefa for this decision.

“It’s unfair for sure. We deserve to play for qualification on the pitch, not in this way. It’s not our fault.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

Spurs won’t let this go and rightly so given they were made to forfeit for reasons beyond the club’s control. When the health of players and staff becomes a risk then it is obvious that things need to be done to protect them. Ultimately, no one can be sure what comes of this. 

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