An unprecedented event happened this week in the Conference league. Tottenham was eliminated from the competition after the UEFA Appeals Committee declared him lost the match he could not play against Stade Rennais, so it will be the Dutch Vitesse Arnhem who will face Rapid Vienna in the round of 32, as and as it was established in the draw.
Due to positive cases of COVID-19 in Tottenham’s squad and staff, the group G match, scheduled for the 9th in London, could not be played. The matter was referred to the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Committee, which, according to article 30 (4) of the Disciplinary Regulations, and in view of urgency, referred it to the Appeal Committee.
This has decided that the match against Tottenham will be considered lost by 0-3 in accordance with annex J.3.1 of the Competition Regulations, which concludes in the third position of the group, after the French team and Vitesse, which It will be the one measured by Rapid.
Antonio Conte was reluctant to lose the match and, consequently, be eliminated from the Conference League: “We want to play. I think we deserve it. It’s a strange situation because we couldn’t play, but it wasn’t our fault. It was a big problem because the Government decided to close our training center and stop our training sessions for three days “.
Finally, it has been learned that UEFA considers the ‘spurs’ for lost the match by 0-3, and they are eliminated from the competition. Tottenham’s response remains to be known.
The UEFA statement
The chairman of the UEFA Appellate Body made the following decision:
Declare that the 2021/22 UEFA Europa Conference League group stage match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Stade Rennais FC, which was originally scheduled for 9 December 2021, will be forfeited by Tottenham Hotspur FC, which therefore he is considered to have lost the match 0-3 according to Annex J.3.1 of the UEFA Europa Conference League Regulations (2021/22 season). “
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