UEFA rule Tottenham's Europa Conference game against Rennes CANNOT be played – throwing the group into chaos

TOTTENHAM'S Europa Conference League campaign has been thrown into disarray after Uefa confirmed the game against Rennes 'can no longer be played'.

The final group game fixture was scheduled to take place on December 9, but it was called off at the last minute due to a Covid outbreak in the Tottenham first-team.

A new date for the fixture was being discussed to allow the group to be completed, but Uefa have announced a day could not be agreed upon.

And the dispute has been sent to the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body to be resolved.

In a statement, Uefa said: "Following a COVID-19 outbreak in the team of Tottenham Hotspur FC ahead of the UEFA Europa Conference League group stage match against Stade Rennais FC, scheduled to take place on 9 December 2021 in London, the match could not take place.

"Unfortunately, despite all efforts, a solution that could work for both clubs could not be found. 

"As a consequence, the match can no longer be played and the matter will, therefore, be referred to the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body for a decision to be taken in accordance with Annex J of the above-mentioned competition regulations."

Tottenham would have gone into Thursday's fixture needing a win to stay in the competition.

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Rennes' place at the top of the group was secured after game five, but second place was up for grabs.

And with Vitesse comfortably beating Mura 3-1 to put themselves on ten points, Spurs could drop out of Europe in the group stages.

Conte's men trail Vitesse by three points, but are level on goal difference – and a win in their final group game would have seen them leapfrog the Dutch team.

And to complicate things further, the draw for the knockout play-offs is due to take place on December 13.

The play-off fixtures will be played on February 17 and 24, giving both sides and Uefa a slim window to resolve the matter.

Tottenham's Premier League game against Brighton – which was due to be played on December 12 – was also postponed.

Eight players and five members of staff have tested positive for the virus.

In a statement, the Premier League said: "The Premier League Board has taken the decision to postpone the game following guidance from medical advisers, with the health of players and staff the priority."

Spurs have issued an apology to both Rennes and Brighton.

The club said: "We should like to apologise to everyone at Stade Rennais and Brighton & Hove Albion and to both their supporters and ours for any inconvenience caused.

"We should also like to thank both clubs for their understanding during these challenging times."

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