Tottenham are on the verge of being eliminated from the Europa League after UEFA confirmed that their postponed match against Rennes will not be rescheduled. Spurs were prepared to finish their disappointing Group G campaign on Thursday, knowing that a win would ensure their promotion.
The game, however, was cancelled due to a Covid epidemic that resulted in 13 positive tests among players and crew. The Premier League team initially acknowledged the match had been postponed, but Rennes retaliated, claiming the announcement had already arrived in London and refused to accept it.
Statement from UEFA
Since then, UEFA has indicated that they attempted to reschedule the match but were unable to reach an agreement between the two teams.
“Following a COVID-19 outbreak in the team of Tottenham Hotspur FC ahead of the UEFA Europa Conference League group stage match against Stade Rennais FC, scheduled to take place on 9 December 2021 in London, the match could not take place,” a statement from UEFA read.
“In accordance with Annex J of the UEFA Europa Conference League regulations, UEFA, in cooperation with the two clubs tried to find a viable solution to reschedule the match, to ensure the group stage could be completed accordingly.”
“Unfortunately, despite all efforts, a solution that could work for both clubs could not be found. As a consequence, the match can no longer be played and the matter will, therefore, be referred to the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body for a decision to be taken in accordance with Annex J of the above-mentioned competition regulations.”