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Eredivisie 2020-21 has start date behind closed doors

The Dutch top flight took an early decision to end their season with no champion being crowned, and now they look to a fresh beginning in September.

Lisandro Martínez.

The Netherlands were the first country in Europe to terminate there top flight league and as they did so they called it void. The decision came after a government order that banned any major sporting event taking place before 1 September. And now a start date for the 2020/21 season has been put forward.

Eredivisie: out with the old, in with the new

European positions were decided based on the portion of the season completed and there was no relegation or promotion, nor was their a champion crowned. Mark Rutte, the country's prime minister, announced at a press conference on Wednesday night that the plan is for the new season to return in September, immediately after the restrictions are lifted.

Fases de la desescalada en Holanda.
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Fases de la desescalada en Holanda.

Of course, this decision is subject to societal changes with the coronavirus but should be fine as long as the position continues to improve. The games will be played behind closed doors with public events not being contemplated and unlikely to take place until there is a vaccine. Hugo de Jonge, Minister of Sports, said: "No one knows how long we will have to wait. Of course, I hope it will be soon, but a year or more is very realistic."

In the Netherlands, clubs have been training in small groups and protecting themselves with gloves for days. From 11 May people will be able to exercise on the street but without exceeding groups of ten people.


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