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Dutch clubs sent Uefa warning over cancelling season in lesson to Premier League


Leading Dutch clubs last week called for a halt to football in Holland, with table topping Ajax, AZ Alkmaar and PSV Eindhoven three of the sides in favour of the proposal. But the Dutch FA have now been sent a ‘threatening’ letter by Uefa warning them of the possible consequences of such a decision. The Eredivisie clubs and players are set to discuss the issue today, with the warning from Uefa hanging over their heads.

Belgium, whose clubs called a halt to the Jupiler Pro League have already had a warning from Uefa that their clubs could be penalised as well.

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin, who wants all leagues completed before the Champions and Europa Leagues are settled, said: “This is not the time. If it is not possible to return to play, the Executive Committee may not take into consideration the champions and qualified teams of the countries that make these decisions.”

Currently in Holland Ajax lead the league, but only on goal difference from AZ, with nine matches to go.

In Belgium, Club Brugge were 15 points clear of the next club Gent and were already qualified for the Champions League.

Premier League action will not return to action until April 30 at the very earliest due to the coronavirus outbreak.

However, suspension on Premier League football could be extended until the summer.

Last week, the Premier League issued a statement about restarting the season, which read: “It was acknowledged that the Premier League will not resume at the beginning of May – and that the 2019/20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so.

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“The restart date is under constant review with all stakeholders, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic develops and we work together through this very challenging time.

“The Premier League is working closely with the whole of professional football in this country, as well as with the Government, public agencies and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the game achieves a collaborative solution.

“With this, there is a combined objective for all remaining domestic league and cup matches to be played, enabling us to maintain the integrity of each competition.

“However, any return to play will only be with the full support of the Government and when medical guidance allows.”



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