KNVB Director Eric Gudde understands that several clubs are disappointed by the decisions made by the Dutch governing body on Friday.

With the 19/20 season unable to finish, the KNVB decided on Friday that there would be no champion, relegation or promotion. They also handed out the European places based on the league table’s positions.

These decisions have angered several clubs. Cambuur and De Graafschap are furious at being denied promotion, while Utrecht are threatening legal action over being denied a European spot.

Speaking to NU, KNVB director Eric Gudde said, “I understand all the disappointments, they are also painful decisions. Perhaps the most painful thing is the situation of FC Utrecht, where both the cup final cannot be played and they are just not in a place that entitles to European football.”

“Whatever decisions we made today, people would always be disappointed.

“We have worked on the most careful process possible and tried to create as much support as possible. It is up to others to judge whether we have done well.”

There was the option of a 20 team Eredivisie with Cambuur and De Graafschap, but this was not possible for Gudde, “That would be easy, because then there wouldn’t have been many disappointments but an Eredivisie with twenty clubs is completely impracticable, so we have taken our responsibility in that.”




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