Jammy Tottenham have been given a bye into the last 16 of the Uefa Cup. Of course, this is subject to a possible appeal from scheduled opponents Feyenoord.
The Dutch club were thrown out of the competition following crowd trouble earlier in the season against French side Nancy. Of course, Feyenoord are certain to appeal the decision with financial director Onno Jacobs said: "We don’t feel we should be punished this way, there’s an overall feeling the punishment is not justifiable."
Should the appeal fail (which it should in my view), Spurs will go through to the next round where they will play either Braga or Parma.
A Uefa statement confirmed: "Tottenham have received a bye into the Uefa Cup round of 16 following the exclusion of Feyenoord."
Apart from giving the North London outfit a bye, Uefa’s other option was to order Spurs to play Wisla Krakow, who finished behind Feyenoord in the group stage as well as the original option of playing the game behind closed doors.
Spurs will lose revenue from gate receipts and television money, but will gain prize money for getting closer to this season’s final in Glasgow. Tottenham boss Martin Jol misses out on a trip to his homeland, but had earlier claimed Spurs should receive some compensation for the loss of income. Jol said: "My chairman thinks that if we want to play in Europe we should play in Europe. He’s right because it was a big tie against Feyenoord and hopefully we’ll get some compensation but other people may think differently." [Mof Gimmers]