The Government of The Netherlands has extended the ban on sporting events by the coronavirus until September 1. A measure that implies, in practice, the cancellation of the soccer league, the Eredivisie, among other events.
The country's Federation (KNVB, in their language) has already communicated that it is "considering" decreeing the end of the season a death notice that can be certified on Friday when it meets with the clubs . He also plans to consult with the Executive Committee of UEFA reports Reuters.
The federation thanked the government for the clarity in bringing the season to a close, although it regretted that the suspension “entails enormous challenges in terms of organization sporting and economic,” reports Efe.
"If we go too fast, the virus will come upon us with a second wave ," Prime Minister Mark Rutte said at his appearance. "I will say it directly: we face diabolical dilemmas. Any relaxation of the measures carries risks," he said, warning that normalcy can only be recovered "gradually".
In addition, he warned that the order is clear: "public health first and then the rest." In addition to sporting events, it is also not possible to hold festivals or fairs throughout the summer.
The Dutch government measure assumes that the Eredivisie will not be disputed for the next few months, which forces it to decide whether to end the season proclaiming the leader Ajax champion – tied at 56 points with the AZ Alkmaar with nine days to go – or declaring the championship void. European squares are also in the air for next season.
The Executive's announcement collides head-on with the schedule of the Royal Dutch Football Federation which had recommended that clubs return with individual training on May 15, in small groups a week later and all the template as of May 29.
According to that plan, now paralyzed, the Eredivisie matches would have been played between June 19 and July 31. The KNVB will now have to meet with the clubs to confirm the definitive cancellation of the championship and if it declares Ajax champion, as well as to decide 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.
It also clashes with UEFA, which this Tuesday has recommended to its 55 member associations "strongly" that they finish leagues and cups .