UEFA chiefs are ready to rip up their rulebook to give Spurs extra time to complete their Conference League group phase campaign.
Euro bosses agreed to officially postpone Thursday night’s scheduled group clash with Rennes after Public Health England confirmed the closure of the club’s Enfield training base as a result of the massive Covid wave in the Spurs squad.
That came after Rennes had accused Tottenham of using a “London fog” to justify the match being put off.
But the confirmation from health chiefs of the extent of the Covid spread was enough for Uefa.
Spurs boss Antonio Conte popped out for a pizza as a respite from the outbreak which ripped through his squad and also saw Tottenham’s Prem clash with Brighton on Sunday postponed.
Next Thursday’s game with Leicester is likely to follow.
And in a statement to fans, Spurs said: “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 Club requested the match to be rearranged following a significant number of positiveCovid-19 cases among players and relevant staff.
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“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 and thank both clubs for their understanding during these challenging times.”
And now Europe’s governing body is ready to grant an exception from current regulation to reschedule the match until after the December 31 deadline for the end of the group phase.
Uefa rules state that all group stage matches must be completed before the end of 2021.
That raised the prospect of Spurs having to forfeit the match with the French side and bow out of the competition.
But the Uefa hierarchy is aware of the impossibility of squeezing a midweek date in before the end of December, with Spurs due to play six more matches in December and French football embarking on a winter break from December 22 until January 8.
And that is now likely to see dispensation given to reschedule the game until the back end of next month, when both clubs should have a spare midweek date.
It comes as Watford boss Claudio Ranieri urged reluctant Premier League players to step up and take the vaccine to avoid putting their families and teammates at risk.
Ranieri, who declined to say how many Hornets players are unvaccinated, said: “I understand that some players have a reason not to have it but it is important – we are together every day and we can pass it on to one another.
“We also have families and children. We must protect ourselves.
“If something happens to you with the vaccine, it is a flu, but without, it is a big risk.
“It is not difficult, taking a vaccine. Of course, I have to respect everybody but they must know that we are all in this together. They need to get vaccinated.”
Asked whether Watford players and staff would be having a Christmas party this year, he added: “We haven’t had one. We stay at home with our family and stay here together.
“We are OK at the moment but you know, Covid can appear in every situation.”
It comes as Prem chiefs reminded supporters that Every fan aged 18 or over attending games must be prepared to show their NHSCovid pass on arrival at the stadium.
Supporters unable to produce proof of double vaccination must have registered a negative Covid test result in the previous 48 hours.
Clubs will be conducting Covidstatus checks at grounds.
The League said: "If you are unable to demonstrate proof of Covid status you risk being denied entry to the stadium.
"Face coverings must be worn in indoor areas as well as during your journey to and from the stadium if you are travelling by public transport."
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