COVID-19: Dutch FA cancels 2019-20 season, Ajax denied title as no promotion no relegation clause invoked

The Royal Dutch Football Association has suspended the 2019 – 20 season in both the Eredivisie and Eerste Divisie division. This was contained in a press release by the Association after a wide consultations with stakeholders in the leagues.

By this decision, Ajax that was topping the professional league with goal advantage will not be crown champion. Also, no club will be promoted from the second division nor any relegated.

This was sequence to the Dutch government extended ban on all public events in the country by 3 months.

According to the Association,

“Unfortunately, with the cabinet’s most recent coronavirus measures, it has become impossible to play out the 2019-2020 season of professional football leagues in time.

“It will be crystal clear to everyone involved, from supporters and players to directors and referees, that public health always comes first; the decisions made today about the settlement of the running competitions are only a football problem in the perspective of what the coronavirus causes in society.

“Nevertheless, the professional football board is aware that today’s decisions will cause great disappointment in football for some.”

“The professional football board, after consulting clubs, players and coaches, and with the approval of the Supervisory Board, has decided to stop the 2019-20 competition and to allow the allocation of European club football seats based on the current league table.

“This is in accordance with UEFA guidelines. In relation to promotion and relegation, it has been decided not to promote and not to be relegated.”

With this decision therefore, RKC Waalwijk and ADO Den Haag that at the bottom of the table will not relegated. Also, Cambuur and De Graafschap that were topping the second division will not be promoted.

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