Antonio Conte blasts ‘unfair’ refusal to rearrange Europa Conference clash with Rennes after government shut down the training ground amid Covid outbreak with Tottenham even ‘offering to play in France’
- Tottenham had their game against Rennes cancelled due to Covid outbreak
- Antonio Conte wants a chance to have the fixture completed another time
- He says Spurs are paying for disagreement between UEFA and Premier League
The Premier League has rejected a request from Tottenham to postpone Thursday’s match versus Leicester in order to play their outstanding European game against Rennes.
Sportsmail revealed on Saturday that UEFA had asked Spurs to move one of their domestic December fixtures in order to fit in the game versus Rennes that was called off last week due to the Covid outbreak that ripped through Antonio Conte’s squad.
And it has now emerged that Spurs lodged the request with the Premier League to postpone the game at Leicester at the end of last week to free up a slot to play the European Conference League game against the Ligue 1 side – but the idea was rebuffed.
Antonio Conte is not happy that no resolution was found to play their final group game
Spurs were blocked from training after the outbreak of Covid in their squad
UEFA are expected to make a decision by the end of the week on the outcome of the Tottenham’s game versus Rennes after confirming the match couldn’t be rearranged in time for the December 31 deadline.
If the governing body rules that Tottenham must forfeit the game, they will be eliminated from European competition this season.
But Conte insists such a scenario would be unfair on his players, saying: ‘We want to play the game. Tottenham deserves to play the game, to play the last game of this group.
Tottenham would have the chance to progress if they beat Rennes in their final game
‘It’s a really strange situation because we didn’t play through no fault of our own but because of a big problem and because the Government decided to close our training ground, to stop our training session for three days.
‘For this reason we didn’t play. Not for another reason. I think we don’t have fault for what happened.
‘We deserve to play this game and to try to have a chance to go to the next round.
Conte wanted Spurs to postpone their game against Leicester so they could face Rennes
He went on: ‘We don’t find a good solution between UEFA and the Premier League, why does Tottenham has to pay for this?
‘It’s not fair we have to pay for a situation that isn’t our fault. I understand if we did something wrong but in this way, for the club, the players, the staff, it’s very difficult to understand what is happening.
Tottenham are currently third in Group G, three points behind Vitesse and Rennes have already qualified for the next round. Tottenham have an advantage over Vitesse when it comes to head-to-head.