Tottenham will not appeal their exit from the Europa Conference League, with next round fixtures set to be played this month.
football.london reported earlier this year that whether the club would appeal UEFA’s decision to hand Rennes a 3-0 victory – in what was to be Spurs’ last group game in the competition – was in the hands of the club’s lawyers.
Due to the win awarded to the French side, the Lilywhites finished third in their group after all six games and just three points behind second-placed Vitesse.
This means that if Tottenham had played the match against Rennes and could have won a victory, they would have had a good chance of securing the group qualification.
The game was due to be played in December but Spurs had to call it off due to their Covid outbreak, which was confirmed after the visiting team landed in the capital.
A decision on who would secure their place in the next round was not confirmed before the knockout draw and Tottenham would have played against Rapid Vienna had they progressed.
football.london then reported that the Lilywhites wanted to play the postponed game in mid-December and move their scheduled game against Leicester.
The Premier League did not agree to the request, but the game was called off anyway, after Brendan Rodgers had his own selection issues.
Antonio Conte did not hesitate to give his opinion on the matter, during an interview with the press.
“We want to play the game,” he admitted. “Tottenham deserve to play the game and the last game in this group. I think it’s a really strange situation.
“When the government decides to close our training ground and we can’t train and that’s why we can’t play, no other reason. We have no fault.
“We can’t find a good solution between UEFA and the Premier League, why Tottenham have to pay for this? Isn’t it fair that we have to pay for a situation that is not our fault? I understand if we we did something wrong but in this way, for the club, the players, the staff, it is very difficult to understand what is happening.”
The Lilywhites have already seen a number of games canceled this season due to a number of complications and are still awaiting new dates for their postponed fixtures against Burnley, Arsenal and Brighton.
Although Conte has made it clear he believes his side deserve a chance to try to progress in European competition, this could now be a boost for the Lilywhites.
Had Spurs reached the next round, their game would have taken place on February 17, which was after their home game against Wolves and before a trip to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City.
Adding another game to an already hectic schedule may not have done the 52-year-old side any favors, especially as they have already had a number of injury problems.
Although Tottenham were almost kicked out of the competition, it means they can now focus on their progress in the FA Cup, with their next game in the competition being against Brighton on Saturday and perhaps more importantly, fighting for their place. secure a place in the top four and play. in Europe next season.