Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge (Health, Welfare and Sport) will announce the next step in the corona crisis at a press conference on Tuesday. Five questions about what the decision can mean for the Eredivisie and the Kitchen Champion Division.
Why is the Eredivisie looking excitedly at Rutte's press conference?
It is very important to the KNVB and the clubs in the Eredivisie and Keuken Kampioen Division to finish the season, where the financial aspect weighs heavily. Now that football has stopped, revenues are drying up and the future of a club can be jeopardized.
In addition, a complex situation arises if it appears that the season cannot be completed. Is Premier League leader Ajax declared the champion? How are European tickets distributed? And which clubs are relegated and promoted? There must be an answer to those questions.
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Can the season still be completed? And what will that look like?
It is still possible that the season will be played out, although that largely depends on the decision taken by the cabinet on Tuesday. If it is decided that all major (sports) events will continue to be banned until September 1 - and it seems to be the case, given the advice of the experts from the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) - then it will be impossible to complete the competitions.
If you can play football again in June, there are different scenarios imaginable, depending on the time available to finish the season. It is possible that all matches can still be completed, but it may also be the case that a mini-competition is decided between clubs that compete for the championship and for promotion / relegation.
What happens if the season is permanently discontinued?
For the time being, the KNVB maintains its position to finish the season, which has been stopping since mid-March, and to continue with the competitions on June 19. If that becomes impossible due to a decision by the government and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), then a difficult situation will follow.
In consultation with the European Football Association UEFA and all other parties involved, it should be decided whether a champion will be appointed, how European tickets will be distributed and which clubs will be promoted and relegated.
An advantage of ending the season is that the problem of expiring contracts and transfers is eliminated. Player contracts run through June 30, which would be a major problem if the season is extended.
How serious are the consequences for Dutch clubs when the season ends?
Financially, the clubs are hit hard by the crisis, although it is difficult to say how big the consequences will be. The clubs are currently missing the money from, among other things, ticket sales - an important source of income.
Good news for the Eredivisie clubs is that FOX Sports recently paid the last part of the television money - also important income - and that all Orange players, main sponsor ING and the KNVB came with a support package. The clubs therefore have slightly more financial breathing space for the time being.
The KNVB also consults with UEFA on Tuesday. What is discussed there?
The European Football Association has not yet set a deadline for the completion of the season, although it seems that clubs will have until the end of August. In the consultation with the KNVB and 54 other national federations, a deadline will be discussed and talks will also be given about what it means for competitions if a national association still wants to stop earlier.
Furthermore, it will be examined whether training can be started again in an adapted form, as is already the case in Germany and Spain, for example. It also talks about the decisions to make when the season ends.
See also: 'UEFA wants to end the season with the Champions League final on August 29'
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