The Eredivisie have agreed to void the entire 2019/20 season as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, and there will be no promotion or relegation as a result.
The Dutch government recently ruled that professional football should be banned until September, so the Dutch FA (the KNVB) called an emergency meeting on Friday to decide how to proceed.
According to Dutch Football, the decision was taken to void the season completely, so there will be no relegation or promotion and Ajax will not be confirmed as champions, despite currently sitting top of the table on goal difference.
The Daily Mail add that all sides in the top two divisions were given the chance to vote on what to do with the season, and only 16 of the 34 sides wanted to keep promotion and relegation as options.
Nine voted against the decision, while a further nine abstained and called on the KNVB to decide, so officials ultimately decided to call it quits and bring the season to a complete end.
Goal offer a little more information on the implications of this decision on European qualification. First-placed Ajax will advance automatically to the final stage of Champions League qualification, while AZ Alkmaar will only enter in the second round.
Feyenoord have sealed a spot in the Europa League group stage, and PSV and Willem II will move on to the qualification stages, but Willem’s situation is expected to cause plenty of controversy.
They currently sit fifth and have been awarded a European place as a result, but they have played one game more than sixth-placed FC Utrecht, who are just three points behind and boast a superior goal difference.
At the other end of the table, RKC Waalwijk and Alan Pardew’s ADO Den Haag have avoided relegation and will stay in the top flight, while second-tier sides Cambuur and De Graafschap have been denied promotion.
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