December 9 – Rennes has reacted angrily to UEFA’s decision to allow Tottenham Hotspur to postpone tonight’s European Conference League match against their French rivals because of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Tottenham must win to secure progress to the next stage but discussions are currently being held about a new date for the fixture.
UEFA regulations state that all European group stage matches must be completed by December 31, but Spurs have no midweek break this year due to a busy domestic festival schedule while on holiday. France’s mid-season begins on December 22.
Games are not allowed to be postponed according to UEFA regulations if teams have 13 players off the field. Eight Tottenham players are said to have tested positive, leaving seemingly only 10.
But Rennes, who has already qualified for the next leg of the table, has reacted furiously to the decision, accusing Spurs of “lack of fair-play” and “unilaterally” canceling the match.
They say they learned of the delay only after arriving in London on a private jet on Wednesday night.
Tottenham manager Antonio Conte (pictured) held an emotional press conference early Wednesday, admitting that he was scared for his players and their families with the spread of Covid too fast in the club.
Hours later, Spurs announced the match would not take place, only for the French side to issue a statement of their own.
“During a 19:45 video conference between representatives of UEFA, Tottenham and the SRFC, Spurs’ director of football announced his intention not to play the UEFA Europa Conference League match. Thursday evening. (It was) A unilateral decision that has not been confirmed in any way by UEFA,” Rennes said.
“Tottenham representatives do not want to publish the number of their players affected by Covid when the law stipulates that a match must be played on condition that the team has 13 midfielders and one goalkeeper.
“They disputed the decision of the British authorities without releasing any official documents. Since the match has not been officially canceled by UEFA, Stade Rennais FC has upheld their decision to play.
This lack of fair play became even more apparent when Tottenham confirmed via email that the match would be held in the early afternoon before warning Rennes of his intention not to play shortly after landing in London. ”
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