Dutch ruling slammed by Eredvisie club

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With the Eredivisie season officially cancelled, one Dutch club has expressed their anger with the decision to deny the side a European spot.

On Friday, The Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) decided to end the 2019/2020 season after the prime minister banned all sporting events until September due to the coronavirus outbreak.

For the first time since 1945, there will be no dutch champions as Ajax Amsterdam only sat top due to the superior goal difference over AZ Alkmaar.

While Ajax and AZ will head to the UEFA Champions League qualifiers, Feyenoord, PSV and Willem who make up the top five will qualify for Europa League football.

Click through the gallery to see the five Dutch sides to secure European football.

However, Utrecht could have secured Europa League football via Dutch Cup but that was also cancelled by the KNVB and they will now have to settle for sixth spot, four points behind Willem.

"FC Utrecht does not accept the intended decision to distribute the European places," the club said in a statement.

"FC Utrecht does not hesitate to challenge the decision not to award a place to us before a sports tribunal and UEFA.

"After written correspondence earlier today, the KNVB announced via a conference call that the European place will be allocated to numbers 1 to 5 in the current Eredivisie rankings.

"It is unacceptable for FC Utrecht that the cup competition, for which the final has not been played, is completely ignored and does not count in the consideration of which club is entitled to a European ticket on sporting grounds.

"The Europa League group stage ticket will be awarded to Feyenoord without any explanation based on the league table. FC Utrecht is just as entitled to this ticket as fellow cup finalist Feyenoord (and even more entitled because it has won a cup match more than Feyenoord), which is not included in the presentation of the decisions today."

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