BREAKING: Dutch Eredivisie league season canceled, No Champion, No relegation

 

The Holland top flight’s title will be left vacant with the season scrapped due to disruption caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Both Ajax and AZ Alkmaar were level on points at the top of the Eredivisie, but neither will be crowned champions. Ajax will go enter the Champions League playoffs with AZ Alkmaar with playing in the qualifiers.

Promotion and relegation have also been axed – with Cambuur, who were 11 points clear at the top of the second tier, sensationally missing out.

Clubs were afforded a vote to decide the outcome of the campaign, with 16 choosing to enable promotion and relegation for the Eredivisie.

However, a further nine sides voted against their competitors being allowed to move into different leagues, with nine more abstaining from the vote entirely and believing that the Dutch FA should decide.

The KNVB then ultimately opted to ensure that clubs will remain in their current divisions for when football does resume in the country.

ADO Den Haag and RKC Waalwijk have subsequently avoided the drop after the drastic action taken by the Dutch federation.

The governing body had initially revealed that it would not explore the option of increasing the top division to 20 teams for next season.

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Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte has banned professional football until September in the face of the current health emergency.

The Eredivisie becomes the first major European league to be cancelled due to the pandemic, with questions certain to be raised over whether other competitions across the continent will follow suit.

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