The Dutch football season is over after the government extended a ban on public events that means matches in the country can not take place until September 1st, even behind closed doors, Voetbal International report.

The outlet say that football governing body, the KNVB, had initially assumed matches might be able to take place without a crowd in attendance.

However, Prime Minister Mark Rutte says there will be no exceptions to their position on public events.


Although it’s impossible to make direct parallels with Scotland and this country’s handling of the global crisis, the Eredivisie is one of the medium to small-sized leagues that make up the bulk of UEFA’s membership, just like the Scottish Premiership.

If football is not able to take place in the country until September, it pours further cold water on the concept of many of similar-sized divisions resuming this summer.

The continental governing body are still making strong recommendations that top-flight football across Europe is played to a close (The Scotsman).

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The SPFL have already voted to call time on the Scottish Premiership on an average points basis should action not be able to take place.

Ajax Chief Executive Edwin van der Sar

Ajax Chief Executive Edwin van der Sar / (Photo by Alex Gottschalk/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar, obviously directly impacted by today’s news, outlined last week that UEFA were softening their stance on seasons being completed in smaller leagues.

A video conference is currently due to take place on Thursday which will bring further clarity to UEFA’s position and how it might impact Scottish football and ultimately Celtic.

Manager Neil Lennon spoke today about his desire for the quest for nine-in-a-row to continue on the pitch but that’s looking more and more like a pipe dream, unfortunately.

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