- UEFA agrees to call off Tottenham’s Europa Conference game with Rennes
- Spurs have been devastated by a Covid outbreak within the team and cannot train
- UEFA rules state that all group games must be completed by 31 December
- However, this cut-off date may be relaxed so that the game can be rearranged
- Rennes has however told UEFA that they want the game to be cancelled.
French side Rennes have told UEFA they want their Europa Conference League clash with Tottenham to be called off after the game was postponed.
Spurs’ final Group G game was due to take place tonight but has been postponed due to a COVID outbreak at the camp in north London.
The Ligue 1 side originally disputed Tottenham’s claim, saying they wanted the match to go ahead as planned, later issuing a statement apologizing to their fans that the match could not go ahead.
Raines has called for his Europa Conference League game with Tottenham to be canceled
UEFA confirms Tottenham’s Europa Conference League game with Rennes has been postponed
West France, according to french football newshas reported that Tottenham are proposing that the match could be moved to next Wednesday.
This would mean that their Premier League game with Leicester would also have to be moved a day later.
Rennes is said to have told UEFA he has no intention of accepting the new date and is already upset with the Premier League side traveling to London after being told the game would go ahead .
sportsmail On Wednesday evening, news came that the Europa Conference League match was to be cancelled. And Spurs announced the news at 9 p.m. due to ‘multiple covid cases in the club’.
Raines reacted furiously with his own statement, claiming that Spurs refused to reveal the number of players affected by Covid-19 when competition rules state that a match must be played until The team should consist of 13 outfield players and one goalkeeper.
The game was postponed by the Premier League after the outbreak of Kovid-19
“Following the press release published by Tottenham this Wednesday at 9 pm, Stade Renais FC would like to clarify the following facts,” the Ligue 1 club said.
‘In a video conference between representatives of UEFA, Tottenham and SRFC at 7.45 pm, Spurs Director of Football (Fabio Paratici) announced his intention not to play UEFA Europa Conference League games 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 Kovid, when the rules say that a match must be played as long as the team has 13 outfielders and one keeper.
‘ He argued for a decision by the English authorities without putting forward any official document. As the match was not officially canceled by UEFA, Stade Renais FC upheld its decision to play.
Spurs officials were in talks with UEFA on Wednesday to halt play after the club reported 17 Covid cases – eight players and nine staff. The outbreak is understood to have reached the Under-23 team.
Spurs were thought to have only had enough players, without suspended Ryan Sessagan and his injured and COVID-affected players, to meet that limit.
Raines was unhappy arriving in London to find out the cancellation of the game
Ligue 1 sides are set to start on their winter break from 22 December to 8 January
Raines issued a brief statement hours after the game was postponed, saying he had returned home to Brittany.
read the statement: ‘Following notification of the cancellation of tonight’s match by UEFA, Stade Renais FC decided to return to Brittany. The entire delegation that boarded the London City Airport has tested negative.
Stade Renais FC expects the club’s interests to be respected in view of the crucial game deadline awaiting Rouge et Noir this December. The group is now focusing on the Nice Sunday reception at Roazhon Park.
‘Stade Rennes FC is deeply sorry to the Rennes fans, who have decided to come to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to cheer for the Rouge et Noir.’
UEFA is now working with both clubs to find a new date. UEFA rules state that all group games must be completed by the end of the year.
But due to both clubs’ schedules for the remainder of this month, an option is being considered to reduce the requirement for matches to be played until 31 December.
There are fears that Tottenham’s next few games could be affected by the Covid outbreak
The first knockout round will not take place until 17 February and the second leg will be held next week on 24 February.
Tottenham still have six games to play this month. However, his next week may also end due to his Covid crisis.
They are scheduled to travel to Brighton on Sunday and Leicester on Thursday before hosting Liverpool on Sunday.
Spurs will play their final match of the year in Southampton on 28 December, although Raines will also be on his winter break from 22 December to 8 January.
Spurs could ask the Premier League to postpone one of their remaining fixtures this year or request that the EFL reschedule their Carabao Cup quarter-final clash with West Ham, although both options also affect both supporters and broadcasters. Those who do come with logistical issues.