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Tottenham threatens to drag UEFA to court over ‘unfair’ Europa elimination


Premier League side, Tottenham, have threatened to sue UEFA following their “unfair” elimination from the Europa Conference League.

WuzupNigeria reported that Spurs were eliminated from the competition after UEFA awarded Rennes a 3-0 victory in their final group match on Monday.

Spurs were unable to fulfil the December 9 fixture due to a swathe of Covid-19 cases in the squad and no agreement was reached between the clubs for a rearranged date before the deadline of December 31.

Uefa concluded the match could not be rescheduled, leaving the north Londoners finishing third in the group with Fench club top ahead of runners-up Vitesse runners-up.

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UK Metro quoted manager, Antonio Conte, in his first reaction as saying, “There is another step. Now UEFA took this decision but there is another step.

“We are confident that in another step, they will take a normal decision. It was incredible what UEFA did but also the explanation about this defeat, I have read that Tottenham couldn’t play the game for Covid cases.

“Despite this, they took this decision. We are very, very confident for the next step. We deserved to play the qualification on the pitch. Not on the court.

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“I’m very disappointed with UEFA.”

Asked to clarify if he was talking about court action, Conte said: “Yeah yeah.”

And the Italian, despite Spurs facing a fixture backlog insisted he can take no positives from being thrown out of Europe’s third competition.

He said: “No. For sure this is an incredible decision. This decision is not fair. Because all the world knows that we are facing a big problem like Covid.

“We didn’t play, not for our own fault. But because we had many, many players with Covid and the Government decided to stop our training session and stop our training centre.

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“Honestly, for me, for the players, for the club, for our fans, it’s incredible the decision that UEFA wanted to take. It’s unfair, for sure. We deserved to play the qualification on the pitch. Not in this way.

“I’m very disappointed with the UEFA decision and I don’t understand. I hope that in the future, in the next step, something can change. We deserved to play. It’s not our fault.”