BREAKING NEWS: Tottenham are KICKED OUT of the Europa Conference League as UEFA rule that Antonio Conte’s side have to forfeit postponed Rennes clash 3-0
- Tottenham have been eliminated from the Europa Conference League by UEFA
- Antonio Conte’s side have had to forfeit their final group game against Rennes
- A 3-0 win to the French side means Tottenham finish third overall and are out
- The original December 9 game was postponed due to a Covid outbreak at Spurs
Tottenham’s Europa Conference League campaign is over after they forfeited their final group stage game against Rennes.
After the fixture was postponed due to a Covid outbreak at Spurs and the two clubs could not agree a date for a rearrangement, French side Rennes have been handed a 3-0 victory by UEFA.
That has left Antonio Conte’s side with a third placed finish in Group G and seen them thrown out of the competition.
Antonio Conte and Tottenham have been kicked out of the Europa Conference League by UEFA
A UEFA statement said: ‘Following several positive cases of COVID-19 that were identified from players and staff of Tottenham Hotspur FC, the 2021/22 UEFA Europa Conference League group stage match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Stade Rennais FC – scheduled to be played on 9 December 2021 in London, United Kingdom – could not be played.
‘The matter was submitted to the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body, for a decision to be taken in accordance with Annex J of the Regulations of the UEFA Europa Conference League (2021/22 Season).
‘Based on the Article 30 (4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations and given the urgent circumstances of the matter, the ad-hoc chairman of the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body referred the case to the Appeals Body.’
Eight Tottenham players and five staff members tested positive for Covid and Tottenham detailed 24 hours before the match that it was not possible to go ahead.
French side Rennes called for the Europa Conference League game with Spurs to be cancelled
Rennes were left furious at the late call and the French side hit out at their opponents for making a ‘unilateral decision’.
A statement from Rennes went on to accuse Conte’s side of a ‘lack of fair play’.
‘Following the press release published by Tottenham at 9pm, this Wednesday, Stade Rennais FC would like to clarify the following facts,’ the Ligue 1 club said.
‘In a video conference at 7.45pm between representatives of UEFA, Tottenham and SRFC, the Spurs director of football (Fabio Paratici) announced their intention not to play the UEFA Europa Conference League game on Thursday evening.
‘(This is a) unilateral decision which has not been confirmed by UEFA in any way.
‘The Tottenham representative did not want to announce the number of players affected by Covid when the rule states that a match must be played as long as the team has 13 outfielders and a keeper.
Tottenham had to close their training ground earlier this month following a Covid outbreak
‘He argued for a decision by the English authorities without advancing any official document. As the match was not officially cancelled by UEFA, Stade Rennais FC upheld their decision to play.
‘Faced with this “London fog”, the SRFC reserves the right to approach UEFA. This lack of fair play is all the more glaring as Tottenham had confirmed by email that the match would be held at the start of the afternoon before warning Rennes of their intention not to play just after their landing in London City.’
More to follow.