The Sun have revealed that Tottenham Hotspur could be given a reprieve in the Europa Conference League as UEFA could alter the rules stating their clash against Rennes has to be completed before December 31.
Following an outbreak of Covid-19 at Tottenham, the match against Rennes on Thursday, which the Lilywhites had to win to progress to the playoff stages of the Conference League, had to be postponed.
Rennes, who had already won the group, were not happy with the decision to call the game off, accusing the North London club of a ‘lack of fair play‘.
UEFA revealed on Sunday 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 decision could leave Rennes to be considered 3-0 winners of the encounter, thus knocking Spurs out of the competition.
However, The Sun have now claimed that UEFA’s Control Ethics and Disciplinary Body could decide to change the rules to allow the match to be played after the December 31 deadline.
While the CEDB has awarded 3-0 victories to clubs whose opponents were not able to field a team due to COVID, it is explained that on this occasion, they could rule that Rennes had not been flexible enough in trying to arrange another date for the game.
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The report alleges that the Ligue 1 club could thus be in line for punishment and their fixture at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium could be played in the new year before the knockout stage of the Conference League begins in February.
Spurs Web Opinion
The decision of the CEDB will likely be based on the specifics of the situation, including the number of positive cases at Spurs, and whether or not the North London club could have fielded a team.
I would personally not be too bothered if UEFA decide to award Rennes a 3-0 win as I believe we could do without the distraction of the Conference League, especially given that we are likely to have a major fixture pileup.