Tottenham officially respond to UEFA’s decision to award 3-0 win to Rennes 

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Tottenham Hotspur have now responded to UEFA’s ruling that awarded a 3-0 victory to Rennes in the clubs’ postponed fixture, thus knocking Spurs out of the Europa Conference League.

Tottenham were due to play Rennes two weeks ago in their final group game, with the North Londoners needing a win to progress to the knockout stages. 

After the game was called off due to a Covid-19 outbreak at Spurs, UEFA were unable to reschedule the game for a date that suited both parties.

UEFA then announced today that the game will be awarded 3-0 to Rennes, thus knocking Tottenham out of the competition, with Vitesse Arnhem qualifying for the knockout stages at the expense of Antonio Conte’s men.

According to reports, Spurs presented several alternative dates to Rennes and were even ready to play the fixture just 24 hours after their clash against Liverpool but the Ligue 1 side rejected all proposed dates. 

Tottenham have now revealed that while they are disappointed with UEFA’s verdict, they will not be appealing the decision.

A Spurs spokesman said (via Dan Kilpatrick): “We are disappointed by the ruling of the UEFA Appeals Body & the refusal to allow more time for the match to be rescheduled. We have to accept this ruling, however, & our focus now turns to the competitions we remain in.”

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UEFA’s decision is undoubtedly unfair on Spurs but the club are right not to appeal the verdict as it would only be a waste of time and resources.

Not having the distraction of the Conference League would certainly give us a better chance of going further in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.

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