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Europa tie called off after detection of 13 Covid positive cases

The Uefa said it had tried to find a viable solution to reschedule Thursday’s match in London and ensure the group stage could be completed but the effort failed
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Reuters   |   Published 12.12.21, 01:21 AM

Tottenham Hotspur’s Europa Conference League group game against Rennes will not be played after it was called off this week because of Covid-19 infections in the Premier League club, Uefa said on Saturday.

The governing body of European soccer said it had tried to find a viable solution to reschedule Thursday’s match in London and ensure the group stage could be completed. “Unfortunately, despite all efforts, a solution that could work for both clubs could not be found,” Uefa said.

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“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 ... competition regulations.”

On the eve of the encounter, Spurs said the match had been called off after manager Antonio Conte confirmed 13 positive cases at the club, eight involving players and the rest among staff.

Rennes later criticised that decision, saying it was taken unilaterally by Tottenham and that they reserved the right to appeal to Uefa.



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