Tottenham Hotspur introduced the postponement of Thursday’s Europa Convention League conflict with Rennes following a extreme coronavirus outbreak on the Premier League membership, however their French opponents referred to as into query the choice. Tottenham boss Antonio Conte revealed on Wednesday that eight of his gamers and 5 members of employees had examined optimistic for COVID-19. It had appeared UEFA would insist on the Rennes match going forward in north London if Tottenham had the minimal variety of 13 gamers accessible, however the speedy unfold of the virus pressured a change of plan.
“We are able to affirm that our UEFA Europa Convention League Group G residence fixture towards Stade Rennais is not going to happen tomorrow (Thursday 9 December at 8pm UK) after numerous optimistic Covid-19 instances on the membership,” a Tottenham assertion stated.
“Moreover…the membership has been suggested to shut the first-team space of its coaching centre right now, within the pursuits of the well being and security of gamers and employees.
“All different areas of the coaching centre stay operational.”
The postponement left Rennes livid, with the French aspect saying they’d been advised by Tottenham the sport would go forward earlier than boarding a flight to London.
“Tottenham didn’t wish to announce the variety of gamers with Covid when the foundations stipulate a sport should be performed so long as a group has 13 outfield gamers and one goalkeeper,” they complained in a press release.
“With the match not being formally postponed by UEFA, Stade Rennais have maintained the choice to play.”
It has been reported that Tottenham at the moment are contemplating asking for his or her Premier League match at Brighton on Sunday to be postponed.
After the Brighton sport, Tottenham face top-flight fixtures towards Leicester on December 16 and Liverpool on December 19.
Final season, Tottenham noticed matches towards Aston Villa and Fulham postponed resulting from Covid outbreaks throughout the opposition.
‘We’re a bit scared’
“I believe that I have not bought to ship a message to anybody as a result of the scenario could be very clear,” Conte stated of the potential for extra of his group’s video games to be postponed.
Conte admitted the sudden outbreak had left his squad scared.
“To discuss soccer at present is unattainable. The final scenario made me very upset,” he stated.
“The scenario is severe. There’s a massive an infection. Once more on the finish of the session, one participant (examined) optimistic, one other employees (member) optimistic. Tomorrow, who (will it’s)?
“Now, for positive, we’re a bit scared as a result of tomorrow we do not know what occurs.”
Conte was not in a position to affirm whether or not it was the brand new Omicron variant inflicting the outbreak, however revealed he had been vaccinated.
On Wednesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced a wave of measures geared toward slowing the unfold of the Omicron variant.
“I believe everybody takes (their very own) greatest resolution and it’s a query for the medical division about people who whether or not they’re vaccinated or not,” he stated when requested concerning the vaccination standing of his gamers.
Conte was purported to be joined by Spurs’ Danish midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg on the pre-match press convention, however as an alternative confronted the media on his personal.
“On daily basis we’re having contact with the individuals which can be false damaging and turn into optimistic after which everyone seems to be a bit scared, I believe, as a result of all of us have household and why I’ve to take this threat?” Conte stated.
“I believe that it’s not proper for everybody as a result of we now have household and we now have contact with them after we come again residence.
The postponement offers UEFA a headache over the rescheduling of the sport.
Rennes have received Group G, whereas Tottenham are stage on factors with third-placed Vitesse Arnhem.
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