Reliable Tottenham Hotspur journalist Alasdair Gold has been speaking on his YouTube channel about the latest update to emerge regarding their Europa Conference League status.
Are you pleased to be out of the ECL?
Spurs were unable to play their scheduled game against the Ligue 1 side as a result of a recent virus outbreak at Hotspur Way, however, UEFA denied Tottenham the opportunity to play the game on a rescheduled date.
It is claimed Spurs were hoping to arrange a new date in an attempt to remain in the competition, with reports suggesting they were willing to play Rennes the day following their draw against Liverpool.
The news came following Tottenham’s impressive performance against the Reds, but Gold believes the mood of the club quickly changed after hearing UEFA’s decision:
“Within the club, I’d heard that Spurs are very annoyed. And there was talk about potentially some kind of legal action, going to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
“They put out a statement, really, which very much kind of said, ‘we’ll accept this’, which kind of went in at odds a bit to that, like what I was hearing behind the scenes. Because ultimately – and this is very much my view on it – Tottenham have, for the absolutely correct health and safety reasons, not played a match.”
TIF Thoughts on the decision…
Going on the claims Spurs were hoping to find a resolution to play, we think the Lilywhites can feel pretty hard done by over UEFA’s decision to kick them out of the competition.
We think this was a great opportunity for Spurs to get their hands on their first piece of silverware in 13 years, which would certainly please the fans and put further confidence in what Conte can bring to north London.
However, off the field, Spurs face losing thousands in gate receipts and further revenue from not being in the competition which is why we could imagine the club taking legal action.
On the flip-side, having fewer games to play can only improve Tottenham’s chances of earning a top-four spot, and with three league games to catch up on, it may come as a blessing in disguise.