Dutch FA may rethink decision to void league
Eredivisie officials could be force to rethink their decision to void the 2019/2020 season, as disgruntled clubs threaten legal actions.
Dutch football association and the clubs reached an agreement to cancel the league after the government extended a ban on major public events by three months, effectively ruining all plans to restart the league.
KNVB Statement read:
“No professional football can be played even without an audience, until September 1. As a result, the board of professional football intends not to continue playing the 2019-20 league.
“Based on the government’s decision today, the KNVB will consult with Uefa after which a decision will be confirmed.”
A decision was reached that no team will be relegated nor promoted, also, the title will not be awarded to any team.
As expected, teams that were adversely affected by the decision will seek legal redress as they take advantage of the loop holes in the decision to cancel the league.
Cambuur are ahead of the chasing pack in the second tier of Dutch football by 11 points and are almost certain of promotion, to put in perspective, the remainder of the season was simulated 10,000 times by a computer.
The results showed that Cambuur had a 99.5% of winning the league if it was completed, the club’s general manager Ard de Graaf has reiterated the club’s commitment to challenge the decision in court. ‘A child can see that there are legal brackets here. We have set out our first actions.’
Utrecht are another club who are grossly unhappy about it, the decision have all but denied them a place in next season’s Europa League, despite playing a game less than Willem II, they hold a better goal difference than their direct competitor for the Europa league spot.
The club chief has confirmed the club has hired lawyers to challenge the decision: ‘We are going to do everything we can to get us right.’