Tottenham have effectively been kicked out of the Europa Conference League by UEFA after failing to go forward with their final group game against Rennes.
A coronavirus crisis provoked Spurs to cancel the Rennes match and attempt to re-arrange it before the December 31 deadline, but a new date for the fixture turned out to be impossible to find.
The Londoners have also had Premier League games postponed amid the chaotic Covid-19 climate in the UK, and so they have now been forced to forfeit the Rennes match, costing them their place in the knockout stages of the Conference League.
The forfeit was announced in a UEFA statement on Monday morning, and now – according to The London Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick – a Tottenham spokesman has claimed the club is “disappointed” but accepts UEFA’s decision.
As relayed by Kilpatrick, the club spokesman said: “We are disappointed by the ruling of the UEFA Appeals Body & the refusal to allow more time for the match to be rescheduled. We have to accept this ruling, however, & our focus now turns to the competitions we remain in.”
While it’s a shame Spurs have been forced to exit a winnable competition, the Conference League was an overall disaster for the club and being out of it can only help Antonio Conte’s men achieve their other goals.