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UEFA finally agrees to call off Tottenham’s Europa Conference League clash with Rennes

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UEFA FINALLY agrees to postpone Covid-ravaged Tottenham’s Europa Conference League match with Rennes as French club smokes over ‘lack of fair play’, 12 hours after Spurs claimed it was already over











UEFA have confirmed Tottenham’s Europa Conference League match with Rennes will be canceled tonight after a Covid outbreak ripped through the Premier League side.

The Spurs announced on Wednesday night that the game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium would be canceled after the club reported at least 13 positive cases of coronavirus, with up to 11 players forced to self-isolate.

However, the French side disputed the Spurs announcement 12 hours ago, claiming that the decision to call off the game was taken unilaterally by Tottenham and that they wanted to play Thursday’s game as scheduled.

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

Conflicting reports this morning suggested the match would go ahead, with UEFA telling Spurs to play the match despite the Covid outbreak.

However, the European governing body of football later confirmed that the match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium would not take place and would be rescheduled for a later date.

Spurs officials were in talks with UEFA on Wednesday to suspend the game after the club reported 17 cases of Covid – eight players and nine staff. The breakout has also reached the Under 23 roster.

It was believed that the Spurs had just about enough players available, without the suspended Ryan Sessegnon plus their injured and Covid-affected players, to reach that threshold.

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

But with their team so weakened, they hoped common sense would prevail. There were also concerns about forcing Rennes to travel to a seemingly unsafe environment.

With the match postponed, Spurs face the daunting task of rescheduling the match before the December 31 date that UEFA has set for all group matches to be played.

They have a packed schedule with six more games to play this month, and could ask the Premier League to postpone a game or ask the EFL to move their Carabao Cup quarter-final with West Ham.

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

The news will delight boss Antonio Conte, who revealed he was 'afraid' of the outbreak

The news will delight boss Antonio Conte, who revealed he was ‘afraid’ of the outbreak

A visibly upset Conte said: ‘The problem is we have people with Covid every day.

The Spurs face the daunting task of rescheduling the match before the December 31 date that UEFA has set for all group matches to be played.

The Spurs face the daunting task of rescheduling the match before the December 31 date that UEFA has set for all group matches to be played.

“People who weren’t positive yesterday are positive today, and we’re still in touch. This is a serious problem. Not a good situation. Every day we have positive points.

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

“There are situations that made me very upset, very upset because the situation is serious and contagious and there is a major infection and now we are definitely a little bit scared because we don’t know what will happen tomorrow. Today we had training, we prepared the game and yesterday two more positives, today two other positives and tomorrow, who?

‘Me? Could be. Better me than a player for sure, but I don’t think it’s for everyone because we have family and we’re in touch with them.’

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