UEFA FINALLY agree to postpone Covid-ravaged Tottenham’s Europa Conference League clash with Rennes, as the French club fume at a ‘lack of fair play’ after Spurs jumped the gun

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  • UEFA has finally agreed to end European clash with Tottenham’s 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
  • The busy schedule for both the teams could see the match being played in the new year.

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UEFA may relax its December 31 cut-off date to allow a rearrangement of Tottenham’s Europa Conference League match against Rennes.

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.

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UEFA confirmed this morning that it would not go ahead, despite anger from French side Rennes following the late night announcement.

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UEFA confirms Tottenham’s Europa Conference League game with Rennes has been postponed

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.’

They are 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.

The first knockout round will not take place until 17 February and the second leg will be held next week on 24 February.

Tottenham reported at least 13 positive coronavirus cases on Wednesday - including 11 players

Tottenham reported at least 13 positive coronavirus cases on Wednesday – including 11 players

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.

Spurs’ trip to Burnley also needs to be rearranged, which was postponed last month.

There is also the issue of a winter break for French clubs, with Rennes returning for the festive period on 22 December and back in the first week of January.

The decision to postpone tonight’s game came after Spurs announced the tie had been postponed, with Raines furiously claiming the Premier League side had jumped the gun.

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.

But with his squad so severely weakened, he expected common sense to prevail. There were also concerns about forcing Rennes to travel in an unsafe environment.

Raines accuses Tottenham of making a 'unilateral decision' on the fate of the game

Raines accuses Tottenham of making a ‘unilateral decision’ on the fate of the game

Raines was furious at Spurs’ announcement on Wednesday that the game would be postponed, reacting furiously with his own statement, claiming that his English opponents refused to reveal the number of players affected by Covid-19. Given, when the rules of the competition state that a match must be played over a long period of time. Because the team has 13 outfield players and one goalkeeper.

“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.

‘Since the match was not officially canceled by UEFA, Stade Renais FC upheld its decision to play.

‘Faced with this ‘London fog’, SRFC reserves the right to contact UEFA. This lack of fair play is even more apparent as Tottenham confirmed by email that the match would be held in the early afternoon, before warning Raines of his intention not to play immediately upon landing at London City. ‘

The news will delight manager Antonio Conte, who revealed on Wednesday that players were ‘scared’ of passing the virus on to their families and insisted the game should not go ahead.

The news would delight boss Antonio Conte, who revealed he was 'scared' about the outbreak

The news would delight boss Antonio Conte, who revealed he was ‘scared’ about the outbreak

A troubled-looking Conte said: ‘The problem we are having with people every day with Covid.

‘Those who weren’t positive yesterday are positive today, and we are in touch. This is a serious problem. Not in good condition. Every day we are getting positive.

Spurs face the difficult task of re-scheduling the fixture before the 31 December date UEFA has set all group games to be played

Spurs face the difficult task of re-scheduling the fixture before the 31 December date UEFA has set all group games to be played

‘Everyone is a little scared because we all have family and (think) why do I have to take this risk?

‘There are situations that bothered me a lot, a lot because the situation is serious and it’s contagious and there’s a huge infection and now of course we’re a little scared because tomorrow we don’t know what happens. Today we had a training session, we prepared the game and yesterday two other positives, today two other positives and tomorrow, who?

‘I? Perhaps. Of course I am better than a player but I think it is not right for everyone because we have family and we have contact with them.

Wednesday’s two positive results came after standard pre-match UEFA COVID tests. Given the outbreak, Spurs could conduct more Thursday, raising the possibility of learning that the virus has spread further.

Tottenham’s statement also confirmed that the first-team area of ​​their training ground will be closed – raising huge doubts over their Premier League fixture against Brighton on Sunday.

Spurs have also confirmed that the first-team area of ​​their training ground has been closed

Spurs have also confirmed that the first-team area of ​​their training ground has been closed

Spurs will be expected to rearrange Sunday’s trip to Brighton after Newcastle, Aston Villa, Fulham and Manchester City canceled games last season due to similar-sized outbreaks.

Those who have tested positive have been forced to isolate for 10 days, with Spurs also facing problems with their games next week – at Leicester and against Liverpool at home.

Spurs’ outbreak began ahead of Sunday’s 3-0 win over Norwich, who were made aware of the condition and non-participation of the affected players whose condition was known at the time.

Norwich players were back on Wednesday and tested without any problems.

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