Spurs out of Conference League after being forced to forfeit Rennes match

Antonio Conte of Spurs urges his players on
John Solano

Roma’s odds of potentially winning the Conference League were given a huge lift this afternoon after UEFA announced that Tottenham Hotspurs have been eliminated from the competition.

The English side were forced to forfeit their final group stage match against Rennes on 9 December due to several players testing positive for COVID-19.

Spurs hoped that the match could be rescheduled, however, UEFA announced today the Londoners would be handed an automatic 3-0 loss, which sees them finish third in Group G and eliminated from the competition.

Their statement read, “The 2021/22 UEFA Europa Conference League group stage match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Stade Rennais FC, that was initially scheduled to be played on 9 December 2021, as forfeited by Tottenham Hotspur FC, who is therefore deemed to have lost the match 0-3 in accordance with Annex J.3.1 to the Regulations of the UEFA Europa Conference League (2021/22 Season).”

The news was obviously not well received by Spurs, who released a statement of their own shortly thereafter.

“We are disappointed by the ruling of the UEFA appeals body and the refusal to allow more time for the match to be rescheduled. We have to accept this ruling, however, and our focus now turns to the competitions we remain in.”

As a result of the Premier League side’s exit, several oddsmakers have lifted Roma to second behind Leicester City as the favorites to win the competition.

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