Eredivisie sides unwilling to ‘go dutch’

Following the Dutch Football Association’s (KNDB) decision to void the near-completed 18/19 Eredivisie season, its furious sides are unwilling to meet in the middle.

Just a week ago, the KNDB announced its decision to ‘indefinitely suspend’ the campaigns of its first and second divisions based on the threat posed to players and spectators by the COVID-19 virus.

However, with a majority of their top-flight sides having completed 26 of their 34 games, the Holland FA’s annulment has been met by mixed responses.

Eredivisie-leaders and 34-time champions Ajax have seen their efforts this year yield zero rewards. Similarly, point-level and fellow table-toppers AZ Alkmaar have witnessed their title challenge turn to dust, along with their quest for Champions League football next season.

Serving as a stark contrast, former Newcastle boss, Alan Pardew’s Ado Den Haag have breathed a sigh of relief over the recent announcement. Languishing second from bottom, the club has been saved thanks to the safety net cast by their FA.

Though all this might be set to change.

Upon facing legal disputes from roughly half of the league’s sides, clamouring over lost profits whilst maintaining the pay of staff and players alike, the KNDB have quickly back-peddled.

Reportedly, the FA’s first proposal suggested the use of ‘simulated’ fixtures. This would mean that, based on goals scored and conceded, prior results, and by miraculously implementing the means to incorporate ‘home advantage’, the league’s final standings would be calculated.

Through this process, a champion would be crowned and sides relegated based on computer software – without so much as a ball being kicked.

But we all know that, in the unpredictable sport that is football, anything can happen.

On occasion, we bear witness to feats of near mathematical impossibility. Perhaps a side grasps a late victory from the jaws of defeat or a striker tries his luck with an unorthodox attempt, only to score a memorable, crucial goal.

Based on calculations, we never would have seen famed, highly improbable footballing moments, like this one for example:

The majority of the Eredivisie’s sides have rejected this simulated end to the campaign, instead requesting that the season be completed at a point in the future when it is safe to do so.

However, the league is now caught in a tug of war between those who a continuation would benefit and those it would not.

With the KNDB and its clubs unable to come to an agreement, this debate looks set to roll on in what could result in a decision from which the rest of Europe’s top leagues may well take inspiration.

Jordan Yeardsley-Joneshttp://www.premierleaguecentral.co.uk
Forever trying to understand newfangled football terminology - what is a trequartista anyway?
- Advertisment -

LATEST ARTICLES

Leicester City: Season Review So Far

Leicester City are a Premier League team that certainly possess loads of proven potential. Having completed the 2020/21 season in 5th position and narrowly missing...

Liverpool vs Inter Milan: 3 Main Talking Points

The Reds were in action once again this week as the team’s immensely busy fixture list continued. It was the Italian underdogs, Inter Milan, who...

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return is amazing news for the Premier League

Having Cristiano Ronaldo back in the Premier League has increased the excitement factor and should make this one of the most thrilling title races...