Wednesday, January 26

Tottenham Conference League-Rennes clash canceled following COVID-19 outbreak

Tottenham’s UEFA Conference League clash with Rennes on Thursday was called off due to a COVID-19 outbreak, Londoners confirmed.

Eight players and five more staff members tested positive for Spurs in preparation for the game, leaving the club severely limited in terms of selection options.

Rennes, however, angrily disputed Tottenham’s announcement, saying the decision was “one-sided” and that Spurs had shown a lack of fair play throughout the process.

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“We can confirm that our UEFA Europa Conference League Group G home match against Stade Rennais will not take place tomorrow (Thursday 9 December at 8pm UK) after a series of positive COVID-19 cases at the Club, “Tottenham said in a statement. on the club’s official website on Wednesday.

“Discussions are ongoing with UEFA and we will provide an additional update on this match in due course.

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Furthermore, following discussions with the Health Security Agency (formerly Public Health England) and DCMS advisers, the Club has been recommended to close the First Team area of ​​its Training Center at this time, in the interests of health. and player and staff safety.

“All other areas of the Training Center remain operational.”

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The statement did not comment on whether Spurs’ visit to Brighton would take place in the Premier League on Sunday.

However, manager Antonio Conte acknowledged that the outbreak represented a nightmare for the club and its employees.

“Eight players and five staff members, but the problem is that every day we have people with Covid, people who yesterday was not positive and who are today, and with whom we continue to have contact. It is a serious problem.” The Italian told reporters at the pre-match press conference on Wednesday, before the meeting with Rennes was canceled.

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“Everyone is a little scared. People have families. Why do we have to take the risk? This is my question. Today, two positives. And tomorrow, who? Me? I don’t know. Better me than one A safe player. But I don’t think he’s right for everyone. We have contact with our families. “

Rennes angry responds to Spurs announcement

Rennes was taken aback by Tottenham’s announcement, saying in a statement: “In a video conference between UEFA representatives, Tottenham and Rennes, the Spurs football director announced his intention not to play the UEFA Europa Conference League game on Thursday night, a unilateral decision that has not been confirmed by UEFA in any way.

“The Tottenham representative did not want to announce the number of its players affected by Covid, while the rule states that a game must be played as long as the team has 13 outfielders and a goalkeeper.

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“They pleaded for a decision of the English authorities without advancing any official document. As the match was not officially canceled by UEFA, Rennes confirmed his decision to play.

“Faced with this ‘London fog’, Rennes reserves the right to approach UEFA. This lack of fair play is all the more evident as Tottenham had confirmed by email that the match would be played in the early afternoon before warning to Rennes of his intention not to play right after his landing in London. “

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