Monday 6 July, 2020

Dutch cancel rest of Eredivisie with no champion crowned

In this Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 a general view of the Camp Nou stadium prior of a Spanish Copa del Rey football match between Barcelona and Leganes at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort, File).

In this Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 a general view of the Camp Nou stadium prior of a Spanish Copa del Rey football match between Barcelona and Leganes at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort, File).

The rest of the Dutch football league has been canceled and leading team Ajax won’t be declared the champion.

The Eredivisie is the first top-tier European league to end its season prematurely because of the coronavirus crisis. Belgium could ratify an end to its season on Monday.

Ajax were level on points with second-placed AZ Alkmaar but ahead on goal difference when the league was suspended last month. The Dutch football federation, known as the KNVB, says Ajax are considered to be on top of the final standings but won’t be awarded a 35th national title.

The KNVB adds it will allocate Champions League and Europa League spots by the current standings.

Among the clubs to lose out is Utrecht, which were sixth, three points behind fifth-placed Willem II, which occupy the last Europa League spot. However, Utrecht had played one game less and had a superior goal difference.

There will be no promotion or relegation

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