Official: No professional football in the Netherlands until 1 September

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In a press conference on Tuesday evening the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, has announced that the Eredivisie won’t be allowed to be played until at least the first of September – this means that the current season cannot be resumed.

The prime minister confirmed what many people in the Netherlands already thought, an extension on the ban of events until 1 September. The mayors of the country had also made that call recently.

Professional football matches are also marked as a public event, even if no fans are present. Although the KNVB initially assumed that this was not the case, the Cabinet later indicated that it is. There will be no exception, PM Rutte made clear on Tuesday.

Current season

This means that the current 2019-2020 season cannot be finished, either. Normally, the new (European) football season has already started on 1 September. If the current, shut down season should still have to be played after 1 September, it is almost impossible to start and end the new season 2020/2021 on time.

For the summer of 2021, the postponed European championship is also scheduled, as a result of which the coming season should be finished earlier.

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