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Uefa confirm Tottenham’s match against Rennes is off

Tottenham’s final Europa Conference League group game against Rennes has been postponed after a Covid outbreak in the Premier League club’s squad, with no new date yet set

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Uefa have confirmed Tottenham’s Europa Conference League match against Rennes has been postponed, after the London club reported 13 positive Covid test among their players and staff.

The news follows an announcement from the Premier League club the day before the game, but their French opponents had initially refused to recognise the statement, revealing they had already arrived in London when Spurs announced the postponement.

Spurs had seen a Covid outbreak sweep through their squad, with at least eight players and five staff members testing positive.

A rearranged date for the game has yet to be announced, which is the final group match for both sides and will determine whether the London club progresses to the knockout rounds of the competition.

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Tottenham drew with Rennes in their last meeting
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Sky Sports received confirmation from Uefa about the decision to postpone the game, less than 24 hours after Tottenham’s own statement.

“Discussions are ongoing with UEFA and we shall provide a further update on this fixture in due course,” Spurs said at the time of their own announcement, at which point Rennes were unmoving.

“As the match is not officially called off by UEFA, Stade Rennais has stuck to its decision to play the game,” a statement from the French club said.

“[Spurs’ representative] did not announce the number of players with Covid, even though the rule states the match must be played if the team has 13 outfield players and a goalkeeper.”

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte had addressed the issue in a press conference before the postponement of the match, stressing the seriousness of the situation as new cases were being discovered day on day.

“I think this is a serious problem, and it’s a pity because during the press conference I’d like to talk about football, not Covid,” he said.

“This is not a good thing for you, me, our fans, for all of football.

“There are situations that made me very, very upset, very upset because the situation is serious and it is contagious and there is a big infection.

“Now for sure we are a bit scared because tomorrow we don’t know what happens.”

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte expressed his concerns
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Tottenham are second in their group after conceding a late goal to lose to Mura in their previous European match, and likely need a win to reach the next round of the competition.

They can potentially go through with a point against group winners Rennes depending on the outcome in the other group game between Vitesse and Mura.

No announcement has been made regarding the Vitesse game at the time of writing, and if it goes ahead on Thursday as planned then Spurs will know exactly what they need when they kick off against Rennes.

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