In news that surely mortifies all Liverpool fans, the Eredivisie did it. They voided their season.
No winners (except the team who would’ve been relegated). No losers (except the actual winners, Ajax). Poof. It didn’t happen.
Why was the Eredivisie cancelled?
At the end of the day, the Eredivisie didn’t have much of a choice.
On Tuesday, the Dutch government issued a three-month extension banning all major public events. The league elected to just shut it all down instead of attempting to play matches with no fans.
The Dutch FA issued the following statement:
“Unfortunately, with the cabinet’s most recent coronavirus measures, it has become impossible to play out the 2019-2020 season of professional football leagues in time.
“It will be crystal clear to everyone involved, from supporters and players to directors and referees, that public health always comes first; the decisions made today about the settlement of the running competitions are only a football problem in the perspective of what the coronavirus causes in society.
“Nevertheless, the professional football board is aware that today’s decisions will cause great disappointment in football for some.”
How UEFA — who asked all leagues to finish their seasons — reacts remains to be seen.
Will this force teams to sell players?
As discussed in our most recent podcast, the coronavirus will have a massive impact on transfers.
With the loss a significant loss of revenue, will that force Dutch clubs to offload their stars?
Ajax has seen a financial windfall the past year, making the Champions League semifinal and selling Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt, and Hakim Ziyech. They may be better positioned to weather the storm than other Eredivisie clubs.
However, don’t be surprised if the vultures come circling for Donny van de Beek, Sergino Dest, and others.