Ajax denied league title as season ends without promotion and relegation

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Ajax have been denied the Eredivisie title despite the league’s announcement that the current table will be seen as final.

The Dutch Eredivisie has ended the campaign after an announcement from prime minister Mark Rutte that stated that all games are forbidden until September.




As a result, the current table has been made final, although Ajax will not be awarded the title for finishing first, which means the Eredivisie will not have a designated champion for the first time in the League’s history.

The decision camevafter UEFA asked the Dutch federation to maintain the current standings to decide which sides are given spots in the European competition.

Ajax will head straight to the last round of Champions League qualification despite having the same points with AZ Alkmaar, who will enter through the second round of qualifiers.

However, Feyenoord will head straight to the Europa League group stage as they sat third while PSV and Willem II will make it to the Europa League in the third and second round of qualifiers, respectively.




The decision to award Willem II a spot in the Europa League is a controversial one as the fifth-place team played one more game than sixth-place FC Utrecht, who were three points behind with a superior goal difference.

And ADO Den Haag and RKC Waalwijk will remain in the Eredivisie next campaign after the Dutch federation chose not to promote or relegate any clubs based on this season’s results.




The decision was made by the KNVB on Friday after the federation said that it was not an option to increase the league to 20 sides.

With this decision, Cambuur and De Graafschap are expected to remain in the second division despite being on course for promotion to the Eredivisie.

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