Eredivisie season permanently canceled and without any champion
Eredivisie has become the first major European football league to cancel its season without any champion, relegation, and promotion. Dutch Government, through its Prime Minister Mark Rutte, announced; this week that prohibits all kinds of public and massive show until September 1 in the country. That caused the immediate suspension of the Dutch soccer league.
The Dutch Football Federation (KNVB), meeting electronically with the soccer and coach clubs and unions, agreed today to end 2019-2020. Eredivisie after the country’s government announced on Tuesday; that it will not be possible to play soccer until September 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Regarding the final classification of the league championship, the KNVB has decided not to declare any team as champion; although Ajax, which was a leader by goal difference at the time of the suspension; will appear as number one on the list of participants in the Champions League; that the governing body of Dutch football will hand over to UEFA.
Oriol Domenech reports on Twitter, the Eredivisie ends without a champion; because from the first moment, Ajax renounced the title since its leaders were very clear that they could not play more this season. In addition, the historic Amsterdam club will contribute money to the most modest of the championship to mitigate the losses caused by the definitive cancellation of the eight days that remained to be disputed.
therefore, Ajax will play directly in the group stage of the Champions League; while AZ, second in the standings with the same points, will have to play in the previous stage.
The following classification before the Eredivisie was suspended; Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven and Willem II will enter the Europa League as third, fourth, and fifth respectively. Utrecht have been harmed since they had a good chance of playing this tournament due to their sixth place in the Eredivisie.
The KNVB decided that there should be no relegation or promotion this season; which is why The Hague and RKJ Waalwijk, the last two finishers, maintain the highest category. While Cambuur and De Graafschap are the first in the second division..