The European football association UEFA has urged the KNVB and all other national associations on Wednesday to complete the national competitions where possible. That seems easier said than done for the Eredivisie and Kitchen Champion Division.
The European leagues should end on June 30, but the corona crisis probably will not succeed in any country. UEFA therefore decided in a conference call with all 55 members to waive this and shift the deadline to the summer months of July, August and perhaps September.
This of course involves the necessary bottlenecks. The most important is perhaps the players' contract situation. Many commitments expire on July 1 because players are not eligible for an extension or make a transfer, such as in the case of Hakim Ziyech, who then leaves Ajax for Chelsea.
UEFA must therefore arrange for the contracts to be automatically renewed until the end of this season, but will again need permission from world football association FIFA. The European Football Association will continue to discuss this issue at its General Assembly in mid-April.
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Concerts and festivals in stadiums
A bottleneck is also the availability of the stadium for the clubs. In the months of June, July, August and September, for example, the necessary concerts and festivals are already planned in the Johan Cruijff ArenA, the Philips Stadium, De Kuip and the GelreDome, among others.
For example, the management of Guus Meeuwis has already announced that the singer simply wants to perform at the Philips Stadium between 10 and 16 June and that preparations for that event are continuing. That would normally not have been a problem, but now PSV may have to play in-house in that week.
Vitesse is even upset with the GelreDome. The Arnhemmers do not want to meet all financial obligations because there is no football, but stadium owner Michael van de Kuit is not satisfied with that and demands the full pound.
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Coronavirus is still very much in the Netherlands
A bottleneck is of course also the coronavirus itself. It must be justified to resume the Eredivisie and Keuken Kampioen Division in June or July and the figures in the Netherlands do not offer too much hope. Over the past few days, more than a hundred people have died from the COVID-19 virus.
Following the news from UEFA, the KNVB immediately emphasized that it follows the advice of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the Dutch cabinet. "In any case, we will only play football if it is safe according to RIVM. Health is paramount, always and especially now," the union wrote in a statement.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte said at a press conference on Tuesday that no professional football will be possible in the Netherlands until 1 June anyway. The clubs can also not train until at least April 28, because until then the sports complexes must remain closed.
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