Tottenham vs Rennes postponed after the Covid-19 epidemic at Spurs

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Tottenham vs Rennes postponed after the Covid-19 epidemic at Spurs


Tottenham’s Europa Conference League game against Rennes is over after Spurs revealed at least eight of their players have tested positive for Covid-19.

UEFA confirmed that the game would not go as planned on Thursday, although it initially said the game would go “as planned”.

The regulations generally mean that UEFA matches cannot be postponed unless a club has fewer than 13 players or no registered goalkeeper is available.

“Discussions are underway with UEFA and we will provide further update on this game in due course,” Tottenham said in a statement.

Tottenham have also been ordered to close the first team area of ​​their training ground “in the interests of the health and safety of players and staff”. All the other areas of their training center remain operational.

Spurs head coach Antonio Conte asked why his team were still being asked to prepare for the game when he announced on Wednesday that eight players and five staff had tested positive for Covid-19.

His team need a victory against Rennes, who are already guaranteed to finish at the top of the group, to have a chance of qualifying for the last 32.

All European group stage matches are due to be completed by the end of 2021, with the club already facing a busy festive schedule, leaving no obvious window to revamp the game.

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Antonio Conte wondered why his players and staff were being forced to continue preparing for their next games after a Covid outbreak

Conte had said he was “afraid” for his team before the game against Rennes.

“It’s not good for everyone because we have contact with our family when we get home,” he said.

He did not disclose whether the club contacted the Premier League ahead of Sunday’s Premier League visit to Brighton.

Could Spurs’ PL game against Brighton be postponed?

In the Premier League, the 2021-2022 handbook states that permission to postpone a league game will not be granted if a club has 14 or more players on its available squad list.

However, the postponement of league games is taken on a case-by-case basis and the decision would be made by the Premier League board if a request is received from a club.

Postponement of Premier League matches is taken on a case-by-case basis and the decision would be made by the Premier League board if a request is received from a club.

Tottenham matches: what’s going on?

December 12: Brighton vs Tottenham – Premier League, kick off at 2 p.m.

December 16: Leicester vs Tottenham – Premier League kick off at 7:30 p.m.

December 19: Tottenham vs Liverpool – Premier League, kick-off 4.30pm, live Air sports

December 22: Tottenham vs West Ham – Carabao Cup, kick-off 19:45, live Air sports

December 26: Tottenham vs Crystal Palace – Premier League, kick off 3pm

Mixed messages in football: When is a match postponed due to Covid?

In the Premier League, the 2021-2022 handbook states that permission to postpone a league game will not be granted if a club has 14 or more players on its available squad list.

However, the postponement of league games is taken on a case-by-case basis and the decision would be made by the Premier League board if a request is received from a club.

Last season, the Premier League postponed six matches due to Covid-19 cases at clubs, including Spurs’ game against Fulham, which was called off on match day.

However, on this season’s opening day, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was surprised his side’s Premier League opener against Brentford was not postponed after a severe Covid outbreak. -19 at the club.

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Arsenal’s starting lineup against Brentford on opening day

The Gunners were without Alexandre Lacazette, Alex Runarsson, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Willian in the 2-0 loss after confirming the four had contracted Covid-19.

“Yes, I was surprised, but the regulators decided the best thing to do was play the game,” Arteta said.

But while the opening of the Premier League season was in England even when several first-team players were sent off, in Scotland the story was very different.

In November, Hibernian’s Premiership games against Ross County and Livingston were postponed after two Hibs players tested positive.

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