Sunday 18 February 2018

Van der Zaart in Europa snub

Rafael van der Vaart has broadcast his frustration at being left out of Tottenham's Europa League squad, claiming that he was not consulted on the decision.

The forward used his personal website to bemoan Harry Redknapp's team selection, which rules him out of Spurs' European campaign until at least the end of the group stages in December.

Van der Vaart suffered a hamstring tear during his side's 5-1 defeat to Manchester City last month that is expected to keep him out for at least another four weeks.

The injury, as well as Redknapp's determination to prioritise the Premier League, meant he was left out of the 25-man squad.

"They could at least have consulted me on this," the Dutchman said in a blog post entitled, 'Annoying'. "I still think it's a peculiar situation."

If Spurs qualify from their group they will be able to change up to three members of the squad.

Meanwhile, Uefa confirmed it has rejected Sion's appeal against their expulsion from the Europa League, allowing Celtic to remain in the competition.

The Swiss club were thrown out of the tournament after being found guilty of fielding ineligible players, with Celtic handed their place in the group stages despite losing the play-off 3-1 on aggregate.

Sion vowed to fight their expulsion but have lost their appeal to be reinstated.

Irish Independent

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