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Eredivisie expected to be cancelled due to extension in ban on major events

Dutch Football Association “intends not to continue” Eredivisie season 2019-2020. The government extended ban on holding major events until 1st of September due to COVID-19 outbreak.

AZ Alkmaar and Ajax are leading the league table with equal points in 26 games played each. Ajax are currently ahead with goal difference.

KNVB, Dutch football’s governing body, told in a statement that it “intends not to continue playing the 2019-20 competition”. They will still turn to UEFA for consultation before they come with up any final decisions.

UEFA told that some of the Europeans leagues could be cancelled “in special cases” due to Coronavirus pandemic.

“Based on the government’s decision, the KNVB will consult with Uefa, after which the decision will be taken,” the KNVB statement continued.

“The KNVB has not yet definitively cancelled competitions because of financial difficulties in the football industry due to the corona crisis.”

A meeting would be held among the clubs on Friday “to discuss the consequences” of the decision. While, training grounds might reopen “under strict conditions” allowing the players to train.

“It’s a massive blow for all the professional clubs at the highest level,” Marcel van der Kraan, Dutch football journalist, told BBC World Service.

“The Eredivisie was hoping they could resume. But we know it is impossible to organise matches with fans and the prime minister says it is not wise to do it without fans.”

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