Eredivisie season abandoned with no champion, relegation or promotion


The Eredivisie is the first major European league to have ended the season amid the coronavirus crisis.

The Eredivisie season is over due to the coronavirus pandemic, with no champions, relegation or promotion.

A premature conclusion of the 2019-20 campaign was effectively confirmed on Tuesday when the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) announced its intention "not to continue" with any action.

That came after Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte announced a government ban on public events, including professional sports, until September 1.

The season was officially brought to an end on Friday, with Ajax and AZ level on points at the top but unable to play their remaining nine games.

The Eredivisie is the first major European league to be abandoned due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

RKC Waalwijk were rooted to the foot of the table but are guaranteed to retain their top-flight status, as are second-bottom ADO Den Haag and Fortuna Sittard.

Cambuur were 11 points clear of third-placed Volendam at the top of the Eerste Divisie but miss out on promotion along with second-placed De Graafschap, who were just four points behind the leaders.

The KNVB's professional football board decided there would be no promotion to the Eredivisie or relegation after there was no clear preference when the clubs were invited to vote on the options.

Defending champions Ajax will go directly into the UEFA Champions League play-offs next season as they were top on goal difference, while AZ are to feature in the second round of qualifying for Europe's premier club competition.

Feyenoord will go straight into the group stage of the UEFA Europa League, with PSV and Willem II facing qualifying matches - all subject to UEFA confirmation.

Source Omnisport