No champions as Dutch league becomes first in Europe to end season

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first_img Loading… Matches behind closed doors were said not to be an option as they are considered events which require a permit and police presence. The final decision was made following a meeting with the clubs on Friday. Next season will begin with the same 18 teams that started the aborted Eredivisie campaign. “There will be no relegation, nor promotion,” said the KNVB, which is expected to face legal action from SC Cambuur and De Graafschap — the top two clubs in the second division. “This feels like the biggest disgrace in the history of Dutch sports,” Cambuur manager Henk De Jong told Dutch broadcaster NOS. His side was 11 points clear of the play-off places when the league was halted. The Belgian Pro League is expected to take a similar decision to that of their neighbours next week, with Club Brugge to be awarded the title. The Dutch football federation (KNVB) called an end to the 2019-20 season on Friday, as the Eredivisie became the first top European league called off due to the coronavirus pandemic.No team will be declared champions after Ajax and AZ Alkmaar were left level on points at the top of the table with nine games still to play.AZ Alkmaar and Ajax were both on 56 points when the Eredivisie season was suspended in March “Unfortunately, given the measures (banning large-scale gatherings) taken by the government, it became impossible to finish the 2019-2020 season,” the KNVB said in a statement. “Public health always comes first. It’s not just a football problem here given what the coronavirus is doing to society. Nonetheless, the professional football committee is aware that today’s decisions are going to cause great disappointment for some,” it added. Leaders Ajax, above AZ on goal difference, will qualify for next season’s Champions League, according to the KNVB, which will await a definitive verdict from UEFA on May 25. AZ will likely enter the competition’s preliminary rounds, with Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven and Willem II set to compete in the Europa League based on the final standings. It marks the first time since 1945 the Dutch season has finished without a league champion. “As a player and as a club you naturally want to become champion,” Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar told the club’s website. “You want to show it on the field and we have been at the top all year round. “It is a pity that you are not declared champion, but in this situation that may be understandable. There are more important things at the moment than football.” – No relegation or promotion – The KNVB announced its intention to scrap the season on Tuesday following the Dutch government’s decision to extend a ban on mass gatherings until September 1. Read Also: UEFA open to seasons ending early due to COVID-19 Football in Europe ground to a standstill in mid-March following the spread of the virus across the continent. However, Germany is preparing to resume the Bundesliga on May 9 behind closed doors, if the government gives the green light. Players in France could begin to return to training starting May 11, if lockdown restrictions are eased, while La Liga is also planning for clubs to resume training early next month. No potential restart dates have yet been announced for leagues in Italy or England. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe11 Movies That Changed The Way We Think Of CGI Forever9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?A Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Artlast_img read more

2 Syracuse players ejected in 5-1 loss to Colgate

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first_imgMadison Beishuizen chased the puck at center ice, but a Colgate player got to it first and skated toward the boards. Beishuizen charged at the Colgate skater and hit her from behind. The rink quietened as as the referees went to video review before ejecting the Syracuse forward from the game.On the ensuing penalty kill, Colgate kept play in SU’s defensive zone, and as Lauren Bellefontaine fought for a puck, she too launched a Colgate player into the boards. Bellefontaine was assessed a penalty for cross checking and sent to the box as the referees checked for a possible game misconduct. They confirmed a five-minute major and kicked Bellefontaine out of the game as well.Syracuse (0-7) was outclassed by Colgate (4-2-1) on Saturday, 5-1, at Tennity Ice Pavilion. The loss marked the worst start to a season in Syracuse program history, keeping it winless through seven games. The Orange had six total penalties as SU played down a player for long stretches of the game. It was a resounding win for Colgate that was overshadowed by two major penalties. In a span of 33 seconds, Syracuse was down two key forwards. Penalties have plagued SU all season, but it has never had two ejections in the same game this season.Defender Lindsay Eastwood was forced to log long shifts on the penalty kill on Saturday night. Eastwood was on the bench during the review of Beishuizen’s penalty and was soon sent on the ice with the penalty kill unit.“I mean obviously we’re hoping for the best and that they’re not getting the boot,” said Eastwood. “I think if that’s what they deserve, that’s what they deserve and we gotta be smarter than that.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe back-to-back major penalties highlighted Syracuse’s overall frustrations. Both plays endangered the opponents as they were sent headfirst into the board on blindside hits. Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan agreed with the referees on both calls. “It’s a dirty play,” said Flanagan. “Every kid knows it, in the hockey world you learn that when you’re five or six, the boards don’t give.”Flanagan said he was left frustrated by his team’s lack of discipline. With four minor penalties and two major penalties, Syracuse had no chance of clawing their way back into the game. Colgate initially took the lead on the power play in the first period and then added another on the power play in the third. Flanagan admitted discipline has been a problem “for about a decade now.”“I mean we’re going to have to start benching players and having players sit in the stands,” Flanagan said. “We gotta hit them where it hurts. There’s nothing worse than having to sit in the stands. It’s the surest way to get that done.”Discipline is something the team has been working on ever since the program began playing 12 years ago. Too many penalties have left SU defending its goal down a player. Countless players have cycled through the program over the years, but one common denominator remains: Flanagan.“It circles back to discipline,” said Flanagan. “That’s why I say it starts with me.” Comments Published on October 19, 2019 at 7:59 pm Contact Gaurav: gshetty@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more