Tau wins first major title in Europe

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Bafana Bafana star Percy Tau has won his first major title in European football with Club Brugge declared league champions.

With the Belgian First Division A suspended for the past three weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Pro League board have brought the 2019/20 season to an end.

According to Belgian news outlet Nieuwsblad, a newly formed group consisting of club directors Peter Croonen (Genk), Michel Louwagie (AA Gent), Eddy Cordier (Zulte Waregem), Jozef Allijns (KV Kortrijk) and Philippe Bormans (Union) are set to decide the final outcome with the overall decision yet to be ratified.

Season tickets are set to be redistributed as the look forward to scheduling fixtures and plans for the 2020/21 campaign while outcomes of the Belgian Cup final and relegation and promotion will be finalised in due course.

With Brugge holding a 15-point lead they are now champions, while the cup final, which would see Tau's Brugge take on Royal Antwerp, is still planned on being played out if the federal health service permits the fixture to take place.

On Wednesday, the European Football Association UEFA had given its national federations the opportunity to stretch the competitions until August 3, which Belgian clubs have now opted against.

It's been noted with the Belgian top-flight using a playoff structure to confirm league winners, relegation and European qualification spots, the decision has been made easier than with some of the major European leagues.

"The Board of Directors took note of the recommendations of Dr Van Ranst and the government that it is highly unlikely that games with the public will be played before June 30," the league said in a statement.

"The current situation also makes it very unclear whether and when a resumption of collective training courses can be foreseen at all.

"Even if games behind closed doors could theoretically be possible, the additional pressure they place on health and order services should be avoided. Moreover, decisions by local authorities threaten to make a joint course of match days impossible.

"The Board of Directors has unanimously decided that it is not desirable to continue the competition after June 30.

"Given the above elements, the Board of Directors has formulated unanimous advice to the General Meeting not to resume the competitions of the season 2019/20 and to accept the current state of the Jupiler Pro League as final classification [subject to the decisions of the licensing committee]."

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