UEFA has confirmed that Tottenham’s match with Rennes will not be rescheduled and has been referred to a disciplinary committee.
Thursday’s European Conference League match was canceled after eight players and five staff members tested positive for Covid-19.
Despite discussions regarding rescheduling the match, no suitable alternative date has been found to rearrange the match before the UEFA deadline of December 31.
A UEFA statement read: “Unfortunately, despite all efforts, no solution has been found that could work for both clubs.
“As a result, the match can no longer be played and, accordingly, the matter will be referred to the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body for a decision to be taken in accordance with Annex J of the competition regulations mentioned above.”
Annex J of the Europa League regulations indicates that because Spurs could not get the match done, they would lose the match with Rennes winning 3-0.
The result would end Spurs’ hopes of glory in the Europa League, where they needed a win to stay in contention and qualify as runners-up behind Group G leaders Rennes.
However, UEFA’s Oversight, Ethics and Disciplinary Body may take further disciplinary action if circumstances justify it.
The panel will determine whether Tottenham have 13 available off-field players and a goalkeeper, and will also take into account how useful both teams are in trying to rearrange the match.
Tottenham does not want to comment on the matter.
Last year, Switzerland won 3-0 by a committee from UEFA after the outbreak of Covid in the Ukrainian team before a match in the Nations League.
Ukraine brought the result to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and ruled in favor of UEFA and Switzerland.
In August 2020, Northern Ireland champion Linfield automatically advanced to the next stage of the Champions League qualifiers when their opponents from Kosovo were unable to complete the match due to COVID positive cases.
Tottenham were also forced to postpone Sunday’s Premier League match with Brighton due to the outbreak with a new date set to be announced in due course.
Tottenham fixtures congestion
Tottenham, whose match at Burnley at the end of November was postponed due to the weather, currently have two games on their schedule.
Their next game is in Leicester on December 16 and they host Liverpool on December 19 before the Carabao Cup quarter-final match at home to West Ham three days later.
Tottenham matches: what’s new?
December 16: Leicester – Tottenham – English Premier League, 7:30 pm
December 19: Tottenham vs Liverpool – Premier League, 4:30pm, live Sky Sports
December 22: Tottenham vs West Ham – Carabao Cup, kick-off 7.45pm, live Sky Sports
December 26: Tottenham vs Crystal Palace – English Premier League, 3:00 pm
December 28: Southampton – Tottenham – English Premier League, 3:00 pm
January 1st: Watford vs Tottenham – Premier League, 3:00pm
Burnley vs Tottenham – English Premier League
Brighton vs Tottenham – English Premier League