Eredivisie 2019-20 is effectively cancelled

Most leagues around the world are still trying to work out how to complete their 2019-20 seasons.

Hopes have been raised that the German Bundesliga could restart by May 9.

While, in Asia, the K-League could also launch into action around the same date.

Yet, the 2019-20 Eredivisie season is effectively now over following an update from Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte.

On Tuesday, Rutte extended a ban on public gatherings until September 1. He said:

We will certainly not be able to handle the risks in the coming months, and we want to provide organizers with clarity.

That means no Pinkpop, Zwarte Cross (concerts) and no paid professional football either. That is irritating, but we will have to make that sacrifice.

 

KNVB reaction to prime minister Mark Rutte

The Dutch FA, better known as the KNVB, issued the following statement following the comments from prime minister Mark Rutte:

That the events requiring a permit remain prohibited until September 1 creates clarity. Until then, no professional football can be played, even without an audience. 

As a result, the board of professional football intends not to continue playing the 19/20 league. Based on the government’s decision today, the KNVB will consult with UEFA, after which a decision will be made. 

On Friday, the clubs and other parties involved will meet to discuss the consequences.

UPDATE:
❌ Geen betaald voetbal tot 1 september
🏟️ @KNVB gaat in overleg met UEFA over het stoppen van seizoen 19/20
📅 Vrijdag gesprek met KNVB, clubs en andere betrokkenen over consequenties daarvan

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So what’s going to happen on Friday? 3 options for finalising the Eredivisie season

Dutch football fans are now trying to work out how the 2019-20 season will be settled.

When the season was suspended due to the Covid-19 crisis, Ajax were only above AZ Alkmaar on goal difference. Ajax and AZ had 56 points, while Feyenoord were third with 50 points.

At the other end of the table, RKC Waalwijk were dead-certs for the drop, while ADO Den Haag were also looking doomed in the automatic relegation positions. Fortuna Sittard and PEC Zwolle were both battling to escape the relegation playoff.

Meanwhile, in the second tier, the Eerste Divisie, Cambuur were leading the standings on 66 points. De Graafschap were second on 62 points.

On Wednesday, Voetbal International lay out three possible options for how the KNVB can close up the 2019-20 season.

 

Option 1 – Swell Eredivisie to 20 teams

In this scenario, the KNVB could increase the teams in the Eredivisie from 18 clubs to 20.

That would mean ADO Den Haag and RKC Waalwijk remain in the Dutch top flight, while Cambuur and De Graafschap are also promoted for the 2020-21 campaign.

If followed, one would assume that Ajax would be crowned champions.

 

Option 2 – Null & void

A second option is that the KNVB declare the 2019-20 season null and void.

That would mean there’d be no champion, no relegation and no promotion from the second tier.

 

Option 1 – End season ‘as is’

A third option is to end the season ‘as is’.

That would mean Ajax are champs, while ADO Den Haag and RKC Waalwijk are relegated.

 

Hakim Ziyech will join Chelsea on July 1

One byproduct of the decision to end the 2019-20 Eredivisie now is that Hakim Ziyech’s move to Chelsea will go through as planned on July 1.

Ajax’s Ziyech agreed a move to Stamford Bridge earlier in the season.

Back in February, the winger signed a 5-year contract with Chelsea.

Dutch paper Telegraaf report on Wednesday:

Hakim Ziyech will not get the farewell from Ajax that he deserves. The star player will makes his dream move to Chelsea on July 1.

He played his last Ajax game at SC Heerenveen on March 8 and he leaves via the side door.

Eredivisie table 2019/2020 – as it stands on April 22, 2020

#
Team
MP
W
D
L
F
A
D
P

1
Ajax Amsterdam
25
18
2
5
68
23
45
56

2
AZ Alkmaar
25
18
2
5
54
17
37
56

3
Feyenoord Rotterdam
25
14
8
3
50
35
15
50

4
PSV Eindhoven
26
14
7
5
54
28
26
49

5
Willem II Tilburg
26
13
5
8
37
34
3
44

6
FC Utrecht
25
12
5
8
50
34
16
41

7
Vitesse Arnhem
26
12
5
9
45
35
10
41

8
Heracles Almelo
26
10
6
10
40
34
6
36

9
FC Groningen
26
10
5
11
27
26
1
35

10
SC Heerenveen
26
8
9
9
41
41
0
33

11
Sparta Rotterdam
26
9
6
11
41
45
-4
33

12
FC Emmen
26
9
5
12
32
45
-13
32

13
VVV Venlo
26
8
4
14
24
51
-27
28

14
FC Twente Enschede
26
7
6
13
34
46
-12
27

15
PEC Zwolle
26
7
5
14
37
55
-18
26

16
Fortuna Sittard
26
6
8
12
29
52
-23
26

17
ADO Den Haag
26
4
7
15
25
54
-29
19

18
RKC Waalwijk
26
4
3
19
27
60
-33
15

Last updated: 1 min ago

 

Note: Holland follow Belgium’s lead

The Eredivisie is now the second league in Europe to be ended after Belgium have already declared their 2019-20 season over.

As a result, Club Brugge have been crowned champions.

Crucially, there will be no relegation from the Jupiler Pro League this season, while Beerschot and OH Leuven will be promoted from the second division.

Belgium’s top flight will be an 18-team league next season.

 

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