TOTTENHAM are OUT of the Europa Conference League after Uefa ruled they ‘forfeited’ their clash with Rennes.
The match was axed by Spurs after a Covid-19 outbreak swept across their squad.
Tottenham were keen to get the match rearranged, needing a win to advance to the next round.
But no compromise could be found, with Rennes being awarded a 3-0 win by default.
This means that Vitesse advance to the next phase and will face Rapid Vienna, after they beat NS Mura on matchday six.
The outbreak affected nine first-team players and five members of the coaching staff – as well as sweeping through the Under-23 side.
With more cases being identified each day, Spurs decided to call off the match, with subsequent games against Brighton and Leicester also postponed.
The matter angered Rennes, who had travelled to London by the time the match was called off.
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A Uefa statement read: “Following several positive cases of COVID-19 that were identified from players and staff of Tottenham Hotspur FC, the 2021/22 UEFA Europa Conference League group stage match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Stade Rennais FC – scheduled to be played on 9 December 2021 in London, United Kingdom – could not be played.
“The matter was submitted to the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body, for a decision to be taken in accordance with Annex J of the Regulations of the UEFA Europa Conference League (2021/22 Season).
“Based on the Article 30 (4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations and given the urgent circumstances of the matter, the ad-hoc chairman of the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body referred the case to the Appeals Body.
“The Chairman of the UEFA Appeals Body took the following decision: To declare 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).”
A Spurs statement subsequently read: “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.”
The Lilywhites endured a dreadful campaign in Europe, losing to Vitesse and NS Mura – as well as dropping the first leg of their qualifying round 1-0 to Pacos Ferreira.
But three points on the final day against already-qualified Rennes would have taken them through.
They are unbeaten in the Premier League under Antonio Conte.
They drew 2-2 with Liverpool yesterday on their return to action, in a topsy-turvy affair at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
A Spurs side featuring rejuvenated duo Dele Alli and Harry Winks produced a much improved performance, causing Jurgen Klopp’s title challengers real problems.
Tottenham currently sit seventh in the Premier League table, six points behind fourth-placed Arsenal with three games in hand.
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