Tottenham vs Brighton postponed as Covid outbreak wreaks havoc on Spurs schedule

In pictures: Tottenham v Norwich

We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info

Tottenham’s season continues to hold further delays after the club confirmed that their Premier League fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion this Sunday has been postponed after a Covid-19 breakout occured at the club.

Tottenham’s fixture against Burnley was postponed due to snow just a fortnight ago, with the Lilywhites already behind the rest of the Premier League in terms of games played, bar the Clarets.

The fixture is likely to be rearranged for January, with Spurs’ already hectic schedule now becoming busier with another game to comprehend after the frantic Christmas period.

And their season became much harder to manage after a coronavirus outbreak at the club occured earlier this week.

A number of playing and coaching staff contracted the virus, with latest reports suggesting that at least 12 staff had tested positive.

And after news that their Europa Conference game against Rennes had been postponed due to the outbreak, the club have also confirmed their fixture against the Seagulls’ had been postponed with a future date to be announced.

A statement from the club said: “We can confirm that our Premier League fixture at Brighton & Hove Albion, on Sunday 12 December at 2pm, has been postponed following a Premier League Board meeting this afternoon (Thursday).”

“The Premier League Board took the decision to postpone the game following guidance from medical advisers, with the health of players and staff the priority. The fixture will be rescheduled in due course.

“The Club requested the match to be rearranged following a significant number of positive COVID-19 cases among players and relevant staff.

“As with our other affected fixture, against Stade Rennais in the Europa Conference League, we shall update supporters with more information as soon as it is available.

“We should like to apologise to everyone at Stade Rennais and Brighton & Hove Albion and to both their supporters and ours for any inconvenience caused.

“We should also like to thank both clubs for their understanding during these challenging times.”

With the club now unsure on a date ahead of their crunch continental tie against Rennes, they are also set to fall behind in their Premier League schedule.

And the French side vented their anger in an official statement.

“Following the press release published by Tottenham at 9pm, this Wednesday, Stade Rennais FC would like to clarify the following facts,” the French side said.

“In a video conference at 7.45pm between representatives of UEFA, Tottenham and SRFC, the Spurs director of football (Fabio Paratici) announced their intention not to play the UEFA Europa Conference League game on Thursday evening.

“(This is a) unilateral decision which has not been confirmed by UEFA in any way.

“The Tottenham representative did not want to announce the number of players affected by Covid when the rule states that a match must be played as long as the team has 13 outfielders and a keeper.”

Source: Read Full Article