Report: UEFA confirm Tottenham’s fate in the Europa Conference League

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UEFA have decided that Tottenham Hotspur’s Europa Conference League match against Rennes will end in a 3-0 win to the French side, subsequently knocking Spurs out of the competition.

Tottenham could not fulfil their final group stage game against Rennes two weeks ago due to an outbreak of Covid-19 at the club.

In the days following the postponement, UEFA revealed that the match would 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.

Antonio Conte revealed last week that Spurs offered to play Rennes the week after the postponement and the Italian was adamant that the North London club should not be punished for the Premier League and UEFA failing to come to an arrangement in terms of the scheduling of the fixture.

However, it looks as though Tottenham have indeed paid the price, with UEFA now confirming that the match has been awarded 3-0 to Rennes, meaning that Vitesse Arnhem qualify alongside Rennes from Group G.

UEFA’s statement read: “The Chairman of the UEFA Appeals Body took the following decision: To declare the 2021/22 UEFA Europa Conference League group stage match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Stade Rennais FC, that was initially scheduled to be played on 9 December 2021, as forfeited by Tottenham Hotspur FC, who is therefore deemed to have lost the match 0-3 in accordance with Annex J.3.1 to the Regulations of the UEFA Europa Conference League (2021/22 Season).”

Football.London added that Tottenham are now considering their response to UEFA’s ruling.

Spurs Web Opinion

This is extremely unfair on Spurs, and the Premier League have to take a lot of the blame for not allowing the North London club to play Rennes last week, particularly given that Tottenham’s game against Leicester ended up being called off anyway.

However, I am not too disappointed by UEFA’s verdict as it means that Conte now has one less competition to worry about. The Italian can now focus his resources on finishing in the top four and getting as far as possible in the domestic cup competitions. 

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