Ajax denied Eredivisie title, with no relegation or promotion after PM bans football
AJAX have been denied the Eredivisie title after the Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte banned football until September due to the coronavirus crisis.
They were leading rivals AZ Alkmaar on goal difference before the league was suspended. The Dutch FA (KNVB) have now announced that their top-flight has been suspended, with no promotion or relegation this season.
ADO Den Haag and RKC will remain in the Eredivisie, despite the latter team being 11 points from safety – the same number of points Cambuur were clear at the top of the second division.
Ajax will not be awarded the title, the first time in the league’s 64-year history that there will be no designated winner. The 2019 Champions League semi-finalists will go into the last round of qualification for Europe’s premier competition.
AZ will go into the second round of UCL qualification.
Feyenoord are sent into the group stage of the Europa League.
PSV Eindhoven have been confirmed to be among the names in the third round of Europa League qualification.
Willem II will controversially compete in the stage before them with the fifth-place side three points ahead of FC Utrecht having played a game more.
KNVB had initially planned to resume for its top two divisions behind closed doors in mid-June. They have declared it null and void following a three-month extension to the government ban was announced on Tuesday.
The drastic decision to finalise the table was made after UEFA asked the Dutch FA to maintain current standings in order to determine European spots.
All outgoing players who were set to leave the Eredivisie, including Ajax star Hakim Ziyech, will be able to move to their respective new clubs after June 30.