Sky Sports reporter Paul Gilmour has been speaking about the latest regarding Tottenham Hotspur’s postponed Europa Conference League game.
It was confirmed on Wednesday night the game in north London would not be going ahead, with the Lilywhites suffering from a major virus outbreak at their training ground.
Will this game be played before the end of the year?
The Lilywhites were set to play their final group game in the Europa Conference League against Rennes on Thursday night, but with the postponement, UEFA rules claim the tie will have to be played before 31st December.
However, Spurs already have a busy festive schedule which will see Antonio Conte’s play a number of Premier League games along with their Carabao Cup clash against West Ham United.
Discussing the latest on the situation which unravelled on Wednesday night, Gilmour had the following to say on the ongoing talks between Spurs, Rennes and UEFA.
“And the other key thing to note is that this will not be a forfeit. As we said earlier this morning, governing bodies’ preference is always to try and get these games played. So we’re being told that the option will be to try and find a new date for this game between Tottenham and Rennes.
“Tottenham already have, I think, eight fixtures to play in the next four weeks, six fixtures before that 31st December [deadline], and that’s before you even take into consideration that Rennes and the football winter break in France kicks in on 22nd December. So reading between the lines, I wonder will this be rearranged in the new year. Again, that will all be determined through talks.”
TIF Thoughts on the postponed game…
We think this was absolutely the right thing to do given the severity of the outbreak which the north London side are experiencing, with Sky Italy claiming there to be 20 confirmed cases.
However, it certainly adds to Tottenham’s fixture headache given their league game against Burnley is another game that has to be found a new date due to its recent postponement.
And recent comments from the French side do not help to convince us there will be a quick and amicable resolution found between the three parties over a potential new date.