Tottenham could get Conference League reprieve as UEFA backtrack on December 31 after Covid nightmare

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COVID-HIT Tottenham could still benefit from a European KO reprieve.

UEFA announced yesterday that last Thursday’s final Europa conference group game with Rennes will NOT be rescheduled after it was postponed due to the Londoners’ coronavirus outbreak.

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Tottenham could be allowed to play their last Conference League game against Rennes after the December 31 deadlineCredit: Getty

Spurs are in danger of being handed a 3-0 defeat for not respecting the game, which would eliminate them from the competition.

But SunSport understands that UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body could decide to change the rules to allow the match to be played after the December 31 deadline.

UEFA’s statement appeared to doom Antonio Conte’s side to a knockout as they confirmed: “A solution that could work for both clubs could not be found.

“The match can no longer be played and the matter will be referred to the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body for decision.”

During the pandemic, the CEDB awarded 3-0 wins to clubs whose opponents were unable to complete matches due to Covid infections – and the Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed this.

But if the CEDB rule that Rennes hadn’t been flexible enough in trying to arrange another date for the game, then they could be punished instead.

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The CEDB could also grant an exception to the December 31 deadline to allow the Group G match to be played in the new year – before competition resumes in February.

An added complication is that France has a winter break that lasts from December 22 to January 7.

Any decision would affect second-placed Dutch team Vitesse Arnhem.

Antonio Conte's side face a 3-0 loss for postponing games against Rennes after Covid outbreak

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Antonio Conte’s side face a 3-0 loss for postponing games against Rennes after Covid outbreakCredit: Getty

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