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Ajax Denied Title As Dutch Eredivisie Season Declared Void by akpanikpe(m): 7:14pm On Apr 24, 2020
There will also be no promotion to the Dutch Eredivisie or relegation from the top flight but Ajax set to clinch top European berth

The Dutch Eredivisie season has been ended with immediate effect, meaning league leaders Ajax have been denied the title.

There will also be no promotion to the Dutch Eredivisie or relegation from the top flight, following an agreement reached over a video conference call between the Dutch FA (KNVB) and clubs.
Ajax were top of the Eredivisie table, ahead of AZ Alkmaar on goal difference, with nine rounds of matches to play when the season was suspended.

The Eredivisie have put Ajax forward to go directly to the play-offs of the Champions League, with AZ playing in the second qualifying round. Third-placed Feyenoord go straight into the group stage of the Europa League with PSV and Willem II qualifying for the second qualifying round for the competition.

But AZ have released a statement saying they are considering their options after indicating displeasure with the judgement, particularly in relation to the awarding of European places.


"We have been trying for weeks in the background to elaborate multiple scenarios to prevent the situation we are now in," the statement read.

"AZ asked Friday afternoon, just as with promotion/relegation, to first investigate support for the exact method of implementation - but the KNVB immediately rejected this.

"The KNVB asked that support Friday afternoon when it comes to the decision for promotion/relegation. We are considering this situation."

The settlement of places for European competition next season is subject to ratification by UEFA.

A KNVB statement read: "Unfortunately, with the cabinet's most recent corona measures, it has become impossible to complete the 2019/2020 season of professional football competitions in time - it will be crystal clear to everyone involved, from supporters and players to directors and referees, that public health always comes first.

"The professional football board, after consulting clubs, players and coaches, and with the approval of the Supervisory Board, has decided to stop the 2019/20 competition and to allow the allocation of European club football seats based on the current league table.

"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 key line to emerge from Thursday's UEFA Executive Committee was an acceptance that some leagues across Europe may not be able to be completed.

UEFA said on Thursday: "While using best efforts to complete the domestic competitions, National Associations and/or Leagues might have legitimate reasons to prematurely terminate their domestic competitions, in particular in the following cases:

- existence of an official order prohibiting sports events so that the domestic competitions cannot be completed before a date that would make it possible to complete the current season in good time before the next season to start.

- insurmountable economic problems which make finishing the season impossible because it would put at risk the long-term financial stability of the domestic competition and/or clubs."

The development in the Eredivisie will come as a welcome boost to Englishman Alan Pardew, whose Den Haag side were 17th in the table but have avoided relegation alongside RKC Waalwijk as a result of the decision.

Waalwijk managing director Frank Van Mosselveld said: "The KNVB made the decision we hoped for this afternoon by not applying promotion and relegation to the 2019/2020 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."

The top two teams in the second-tier - Cambuur Leeuwarden and De Graafschap - miss out on promotion to the Eredivisie.

The Dutch FA must formally notify UEFA of the clubs they are nominating for next season's European competitions and will need to explain the reasons behind putting forward those clubs.

UEFA will have the final say on each club that participates in its competitions (Champions League or Europa League).

It is up to individual associations and leagues to decide how and when they finish their respective seasons but they must explain their nominations for teams to play in Europe to UEFA.

UEFA said on Thursday it reserves the right to refuse or evaluate the admission to any club proposed by an association from a prematurely terminated domestic competition in particular where: - the clubs were selected pursuant to a procedure which was not objective, transparent and non-discriminatory so that the selected clubs could not be considered as having been qualified on sporting merit;

- there is a public perception of unfairness in the qualification of the club.

https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/11978351/ajax-denied-title-as-dutch-eredivisie-season-declared-void

Re: Ajax Denied Title As Dutch Eredivisie Season Declared Void by Nobody: 7:24pm On Apr 24, 2020
Oh i fear for liverpool!

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Re: Ajax Denied Title As Dutch Eredivisie Season Declared Void by WINDSOW(m): 7:25pm On Apr 24, 2020
Let it be across board.

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Re: Ajax Denied Title As Dutch Eredivisie Season Declared Void by voltron14: 7:28pm On Apr 24, 2020
Kingsbridge:
Oh i fear for liverpool!

Did someone say "Jinxed" ?
Re: Ajax Denied Title As Dutch Eredivisie Season Declared Void by gaby(m): 7:32pm On Apr 24, 2020
Way to go..

Most countries will have to follow suit. Sentiments don't come into play here. It is simply what it is. Undecided or inconclusive.

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Re: Ajax Denied Title As Dutch Eredivisie Season Declared Void by oshozondii: 7:33pm On Apr 24, 2020
Today makes it exactly 8 years ago, this happened...

Inside Campe Nou, Barca v Chelsea......Chelsea qualified and went on to beat Bayern in the finals to be crowned UCL champions.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHC3TI-Zy3g

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Re: Ajax Denied Title As Dutch Eredivisie Season Declared Void by WaleGab: 7:38pm On Apr 24, 2020
voltron14:


Did someone say "Jinxed" ?
Re: Ajax Denied Title As Dutch Eredivisie Season Declared Void by leonard002(m): 7:52pm On Apr 24, 2020
Chai.. Coro... e no go better for you

Meanwhile, Liverpool right now

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