North-London outfit Tottenham Hotspurs have been knocked out of the Europa Conference League after UEFA decided to award Rennes a 3-0 win for the group stage match against them.
Spurs were unable to play the game earlier this month due to a Covid outbreak in their camp and it was confirmed then that the game was postponed without a new fixture date announced ever since.
The aforementioned Covid outbreak which spread through their camp, affecting nine first team players, five members of the coaching staff and many U23 players not only had their against Rennes postponed but also the game against Brighton in the Premier League called off and then their match against Leicester postponed due to the Foxes’ own problems.
The ‘ethics board’ ruled calling a game off for a worsening Covid situation was a bigger offence than Rennes being unwilling to rearrange.
“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 Chairman of the UEFA Appeals Body took the following decision: To declare the 2021/22 UEFA Europa Conference League group stage match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Stade Rennais FC, that was initially scheduled to be played on 9 December 2021, as forfeited by Tottenham Hotspur FC, who is therefore deemed to have lost the match 0-3 in accordance with Annex J.3.1 to the Regulations of the UEFA Europa Conference League (2021/22 Season).”UEFA official statement
Tottenham are understood to be considering their response to this decision.