April 24, 2020 / 4:06 PM / a month ago

Soccer-No Dutch league title awarded this season - reports

AMSTERDAM, April 24 (Reuters) - No top-flight league title will be awarded in the Netherlands after the COVID-19 pandemic brought the campaign to a premature close but Ajax Amsterdam and AZ Alkmaar will qualify for next season’s Champions League, Dutch media reported on Friday.

The reports came as the Dutch FA held a meeting with clubs, and unions representing coaches and players.

The season was declared over on Tuesday when the Dutch government extended a prohibition on public events to Sept. 1 in an effort to curtail the spread of the new coronavirus, which has caused more than 4,000 deaths in the Netherlands.

Ajax were top of the Eredivisie standings, ahead of AZ on goal difference, with nine rounds of matches to play when the season was suspended, and the two teams will now fill the country’s two places in the 2020-21 Champions League. (Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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