Updated: 04/21/2020 20:26
The Dutch Government prolonged this Tuesday the ban on events that require special permits from June 1 to September 1, including football matches, which means the paralysis of the Dutch federation's plan to resume the Eredivisie in June "It is a bitter decision, but we cannot avoid it," Prime Minister Mark Rutte said at a press conference in which the new measures taken by the Dutch Executive to combat COVID-19. Football matches without an audience would also initially come under the category of special events, as they would need a police presence to avoid crowds outside stadiums. The Executive's announcement collides head-on with the Royal Dutch Soccer Federation which had recommended clubs return with individual training on May 15, in small groups for a week of After that and the entire squad from May 29, according to that plan, now paralyzed, the Eredivisie matches would have been played between June 19 and July 31. The Dutch clubs were divided, as some like Ajax, AZ Alkmaar or PSV Eindhoven had asked for the definitive cancellation of the competition, while others with financial difficulties preferred to return. However, the pressure of the latter was reduced last week when "Fox Sports", the chain that owns the rights to Retransmission of the Eredivisie, announced that it has already paid the clubs the corresponding part of the remaining matches, regardless of whether they are played or not. The tournament had eight days left for its completion, nine in the case of some teams, and the Ajax and AZ Alkmaar top the standings with 56 points, although the Amsterdam squad is the leader on goal difference. The federation will now need to meet with the clubs to confirm. the definitive cancellation of the championship and if he declares Ajax champion, as well as deciding what happens with the descents and promotions and the new plans for the 2020/21 season, since it must start from September 1, almost a month later than usual.