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Confirmed: Tottenham vs Rennes clash cancelled, and what it means for Antonio Conte’s side

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Confirmed: Tottenham vs Rennes clash cancelled, and what it means for Antonio Conte’s side

Tottenham involved in Conference League controversy

Earlier in the week, Tottenham Hotspur were the victims of a COVID-19 outbreak at their training ground, which at one point saw as many as 23 absentees among senior players, youth players, and staff.

As a result, the Premier League agreed to postpone their Premier League clash with Brighton this weekend, which will come as a blessing in disguise for the seagulls, who have 9 players out with various injuries.

The Europa Conference League, however, was a more complicated matter. First, Tottenham claimed that their game had been called off on Wednesday afternoon.

However, Rennes, their upcoming opponents, disagreed.

In a statement, they astonishingly claimed:

Tottenham argued for a decision by the English authorities without advancing any official document. As the match was not officially canceled by UEFA, Stade Rennais FC upheld their decision to play.

They later backed down from this stance, but asked for the game to be played at a time favourable to the Ligue 1 outfit.

Game in doubt, and what it would mean for Spurs

Now, as per Sky Sports, the game is unlikely to be played at all.

UEFA require that the game be played by 31st December, and Tottenham have two games a week for the rest of December even before cancellations, leaving no space to slot in the Conference League tie.

Therefore, the game has been cancelled rather than postponed, and the matter will be referred to the ethics committee, UEFA confirmed.

So, what does this mean for Spurs?

As per the UEFA legislation:

Annex J of Europa Conference League regulations If it is not possible to reschedule the match within the final deadline set out in Annex J.4.1, the club that cannot play the match will be held responsible for the match not taking place and the match will be declared by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body to be forfeited by the club, which will be considered to have lost it by 3-0. the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body may take further disciplinary measures if the circumstances so justify.

This means that Tottenham would find themselves knocked out of the Europa Conference League without having a chance to redeem themselves on the final matchday.

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