Angry Ajax want Dutch league season cancelled


Ajax Amsterdam technical director Marc Overmars has expressed astonishment at plans to try to complete the Dutch league season.

The former Arsenal winger instead wants the entire season cancelled, notwithstanding that Ajax are on course to retain the Dutch Eredivisie.

The Dutch football association (KNVB) issued a statement saying it would follow UEFA’s direction to attempt to finish the season suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak by Aug. 3.

Overmars could not hide his irritation.

Why would it be about money and not people’s well-being at this time? I had hoped that the KNVB would take an independent decision, but they are now hiding behind UEFA,” Overmars told Dutch daily De Telegraaf.

I have a lot of difficulty understanding that.

We in the Netherlands are not as dependent on television rights incomes as the leagues in Spain, England, Italy and Germany are.

I think that they had been put under big pressure by UEFA to continue playing at whatever cost,” added the former Barcelona winger.

I’m comparing the KNVB and UEFA with the sentiments of American president Donald Trump a week ago when he thought the economy was more important than the coronavirus.

“Hallo! There are more than 100 people dying daily in the Netherlands because of the coronavirus.”

Overmars said this season’s Dutch league should be declared finished.

The league is dead, life is more important.”