Officials expressed their hope that the clubs would return to training in mid-May
April 08, 2020
Local media reported that the Dutch Football Association plans to resume the currently suspended season in the two highest levels on June 19 without fans attending the matches after a meeting with clubs and other stakeholders.
Officials expressed their hope that the clubs would return to training in mid-May, provided the government agreed, amid restrictions imposed by the spread of the Coruna virus, which has killed more than 2,000 people in the country.
This decision will be in line with the wishes of the European Union (UEFA), which hopes that all domestic league competitions will complete the season even if it spans for several months, despite the fact that some of the major Dutch clubs want to cancel the remaining matches of the season, as did neighboring Belgium.
Dutch Football Association officials were not immediately available to comment on reports that the league matches will be fully resumed in the round, which starts from June 19 to 21, but will all take place behind closed doors.
The Dutch Cup deadline has not yet been set between Feyenoord and Utrecht and there is a desire to scale back the ups and downs at the end of the season.
The reports added that the Dutch Confederation held a conference call with representatives of all first and second division clubs, the Association of Players in the Netherlands, the Referees Committee, companies with TV rights and fans’ links.
Last week, three of the top four clubs in the Dutch top league, Ajax Amsterdam, Alkmaar and Eindhoven, called for the cancellation of the remainder of the season, criticizing the Dutch Federation’s desire to complete the season.
“We in the Netherlands do not count on TV broadcasting revenue revenues like Spain, England, Italy and Germany,” said Ajax Amsterdam coach Mark Overmars.