Rangers-linked Vitesse Arnhem defender Danilho Doekhi finds himself linked to a Tottenham Hotspur calamity as the Premier League side crash out the Europa Conference League.
Antonio Conte’s Spurs team were ravaged by a Covid outbreak ahead of their clash with Ligue 1 side Rennes in UEFA’s new third-tier European competition.
We can confirm that our UEFA Europa Conference League Group G home fixture against Stade Rennais will not take place tomorrow after a number of positive COVID-19 cases at the Club.
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— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 8, 2021
This meant they had to postpone the clash but European football’s governing body has been unsympathetic to this justification, awarding a 3-0 win to Rennes as a result.
This came despite Spurs protestations that the match was called off under government advice, the desperate attempts to reschedule the match and the offer of playing the game in France.
Spurs even have offered to play the game just 24 hours after their weekend’s Premier League match with Liverpool.
As the Daily Mail explain, both Spurs and Rennes couldn’t agree upon a date for the rescheduled match – that must be played before December 31st – and UEFA have decided to award the French club a forfeit.
It’s one almighty mess and Spurs are said to be seeking legal advice.
Rangers-linked Danilho Doekhi through after Tottenham Hotspur Covid call-off
Where Rangers and Danilho Doekhi come in concern the fact that as a result of the 3-0 loss, Spurs have crashed out of Europa Conference League Group G with Rennes and Vitesse Arnhem progressing to the knockouts.
In fact, had Spurs won the final group game and won, it would be Eredivisie side Vitesse – who are captained by 23-year-old Danilho Doekhi – who crashed out of the tournament.
It’s a major boost for Vitesse and Danilho Doekhi and perhaps the Rangers-linked centre-back – whose contract expires in the summer – might think twice about leaving the club in January.
In the group stages, Vitesse Arnhem also managed an impressive win over Tottenham in the Netherlands, beating them 1-0 in October before losing 3-2 in London in November, where Doekhi was sent off.
Rangers-linked Danilho Doekhi captained Vitesse in their 3-1 final group match win over Slovenian side FC Mura and Vitesse will now play Austrian side Rapid Wien in the knockout stages.
Rangers continue to be linked to a host of names ahead of the January transfer window with Danilho Doekhi just one of the players reportedly being watched from Ibrox.