Davison Sanchez slams UEFA’s decision to kick Tottenham out of the Europa Conference League as ‘completely unfair’ after Covid outbreak forced crucial game with Rennes to be called off
- Tottenham are considering legal action after UEFA kicked them out of Europe
- Covid outbreak within the camp caused Rennes home game to be called off
- Spurs were desperate to reschedule the match and offered to play in France
- But UEFA have awarded the French club a 3-0 victory with Spurs crashing out
- Defender Davinson Sanchez is critical of UEFA’s decision to boot them out
Davinson Sanchez has blasted UEFA’s ‘completely unfair’ decision to boot Tottenham out of the Europa Conference League following a Covid-19 outbreak at the club.
Spurs are considering legal action after UEFA ruled they must forfeit their final group game against Rennes, which was postponed earlier this month.
Manager Antonio Conte argued it would be unfair if his team were eliminated from European competition given the circumstances of the postponement on December 9.
Davinson Sanchez has described UEFA’s decision to kick Tottenham out of the Europa Conference League as ‘completely unfair’ after they were forced to forfeit a game with Rennes
Antonio Conte’s team were kicked out of the competition by UEFA on Monday
Tottenham were forced to close their training ground after Covid swept through the squad and staff.
But UEFA awarded the French club a 3-0 victory, angering Spurs officials who tried desperately to reschedule the match before the deadline of December 31 and save their place in the competition.
As revealed by Sportsmail, they even offered to play Rennes on Monday this week – just 24 hours after their 2-2 Premier League draw with Liverpool.
Spurs were also willing to cede home advantage and play the match at Rennes but a new date for the fixture couldn’t be agreed. The case could yet end up at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
And Colombian centre-back Sanchez expressed the mood of frustration at UEFA’s decision.
Tottenham had been willing to reschedule the game for today – just 24 hours after playing
Tottenham were forced into postponing the game due to a Covid outbreak within the camp
‘Having a right to play, it is not fair to us to just say, ‘Ok, you are out of the competition’, he told Sky Sports News.
‘More so knowing that we didn’t play the game because of the Covid cases. We prepared for the game, we were focused, we were doing everything to play Rennes.
‘It was the night before that we got the news that the game was not going to be played.
‘I think it is a bit unfair for us as a club, for our fans because it was a competition that we were struggling playing away from home but we still had a chance to stay in the competition so it is completely unfair.’
Tottenham had to close their training ground earlier this month following a Covid outbreak
Spurs lost away fixtures against Vitesse and Mura during the group but had beaten the same two sides at home.
Monday’s UEFA decision means Vitesse join Rennes in progressing from Group G to the knockout stages of the inaugural Conference League.
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