Ajax denied title as Eredivisie season declared null and void


No champions, no promo or transfer and European certification chose the existing league table.

The Dutch Football Association has actually chosen to end the season without any champions, no promo or transfer and European certification chose the existing league table.

The KNVB has actually called time on the campaign following the Dutch Prime Minister’s decision to prohibit all sporting occasions up until September due to the coronavirus, with Ajax losing out on being crowned champions.

RKC Waalwijk, who were practically to specific to be relegated, have actually prevented the drop together with Alan Pardew’s ADO Den Haag, who likewise looked susceptible. No teams from the Eerste Divisie will be promoted.

Bekijk hier de toelichting op de afwikkeling van het betaaldvoetbalseizoen: https://t.co/LxW5u3K3nV.

— KNVB (@KNVB) April 24, 2020

According to UEFA’s instruction for certification for their European competitions to be selected “sporting merit”, the KNVB has actually chosen to utilize the league table as it stood when the season was suspended in March.

That suggests Ajax and AZ Alkmaar, who were separated by goal distinction just, enter into the Champions League, with Ajax getting in at the final phase of certifying.

Third-placed Feyenoord will qualify for the Europa League group phase while PSV and Willem II head into the second certifying round for the Europa League, based on verification from UEFA.

A declaration from Eredivisie read: “The expert football board, after speaking with clubs, players and coaches, and with the approval of the Supervisory Board, has actually chosen to stop the 2019-20 competition and to enable the allowance of European club football areas based upon the existing league table.

  • The 2019/20 season is formally cancelled
  • There will be no champions declared
  • There will be no promo or transfer
  • When the league was suspended


  • Certification for European competitions will be chosen by how the table stood.

“This is in accordance with UEFA guidelines. In relation to promotion and demotion, it has been decided not to promote and not to be demoted.” A conference about the early termination of the Dutch specialist football competitions has actually never ever happened previously.

” It is a situation that was thought about difficult, so that absolutely nothing is consisted of in the KNVB policies.

” However, it needed to be chosen how the European tickets will be dispersed this season and whether clubs will be promoted and relegated.

“If so, which clubs are they and on what basis? Aware of the different visions and interests for the clubs, the KNVB is aware that whatever decision had to be made, every option would hurt somewhere.”

❗ Naar aanleiding van de teleconference heeft de KNVB deze middag besloten om geen promotie en degradatie toe te passen in het seizoen 2019/2020

Hierdoor is #RKC ook komend seizoen actief in de Eredivisie.

➡ Bekijk hier de gehele reactie: https://t.co/RNB4BGBQnT pic.twitter.com/pwHTWsPY4v

— RKC Waalwijk (from) (@RKCWAALWIJK) April 24, 2020

The governing body provided the 34 clubs with the option to vote on the problem of promo and transfer, however after 9 votes were returned blank it took the decision into its own hands.

RKC Waalwijk have actually invited the decision, not remarkably as they were 9 points from safety at the bottom of the Eredivisie.

Waalwijk handling director Frank van Mosselveld stated: “The KNVB made the decision we expected this afternoon by not using promo and transfer to the 2019-20 season.

“There is now clarity, so that we can work towards the new season. The KNVB had to make a difficult decision, because there is now a bigger game in the world.”

Ajax have actually not been granted the title in spite of being leading of the league when the season was suspended (John Walton/PA)

The Dutch leagues might be the first of numerous that get aborted in the coming weeks, however Ligue 1 stay dedicated to a resumption of action in mid-June, based on clearance from the French federal government.

The leading 2 tiers of French expert football have actually been suspended considering that March.

Nevertheless, the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has actually now set out its objective for players to go back to club training in the week starting May 11, with a go back to action in mid-June.

An LFP declaration checked out: “The bureau of the LFP board of directors continued its deal with the situation embraced during the conference of April 10 which attends to a resumption of the champions in mid-June, based on understanding the conditions of raising confinement procedures, which will exist by the federal government in the coming days.

“Under development with the French football federation medical commission and the doctors of professional clubs, this protocol provides in particular for players to return to the training centre in the week of May 11 to carry out a complete medical check-up (cardiological, virological and psychological) , as well as PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests for coronavirus, then daily medical monitoring, which will be detailed in the protocol finalised by the end of April.”

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