Tottenham are seeking legal advice following UEFA’s decision to award Rennes with a 3-0 win on the last matchday of the Europa Conference League group stage, which consequentially eliminated Spurs from the tournament.
Dismal defeats away to Vitesse Arnhem and NS Mura meant that Spurs needed to beat Rennes on matchday six to stand a chance of advancing from the group.
However, a Covid-19 outbreak at their Hotspur Way training ground meant that Tottenham requested to postpone the game, and despite attempting to rearrange it before UEFA’s deadline of December 31, were unable to do so and were deemed to have forfeited the match.
The Evening Standard report that Spurs are seeking legal advice due to lost earnings, though will not appeal their elimination in court and club sources are not confident that any revenue will be legally recovered.
Centre-back Davinson Sanchez spoke to Sky Sports about UEFA’s decision and brandished it as ‘completely unfair’.
“Having a right to play, it’s not fair on us [for UEFA] to say, ‘OK you’re out of the competition’, knowing that we didn’t play the game because of the Covid cases,” he said.
“We prepared for the game, we were focussed, we were doing everything to play at our ground. The night before we got the news the game was not going to happen. I think it’s unfair for us as a club and our fans.
“We struggled playing away from home but we still had a chance to win the competition, so it’s completely unfair.”
Spurs’ elimination from Europe does boost their chances of success domestically. Antonio Conte’s positive impact at the club is becoming increasingly evident, most recently culminating in an impressive 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.
Tottenham are well in the hunt for a top four finish in the Premier League, while they host West Ham in the EFL Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday and have been drawn at home to League One side Morecambe in the FA Cup.