After all, Jupiler Pro League Belgium has become the first country on the continent to make a decision to cancel the rest of this season with the trophy of Club Brugge.
The club leading the Jupiler Pro League rankings – Club Brugge is recognized as the champion of the 2019/20 season
The COVID-19 pandemic is still raging worldwide, with nearly 1 million positive cases and more than 50,000 deaths among them. Belgium is also not out of the whirlpool of this horrific misery as it recorded nearly 15,000 people infected and approximately 1,000 dead.
And then, while the national football championships in Europe or in general of sports are being postponed indefinitely to limit the risk of disease spread, Belgium is the pioneer country to surrender to COVID- 19 when deciding to cancel out the rest of the season and keep the current results.
Thus, the club leading the rankings – Club Brugge is recognized as the champion team in the 2019/20 season. Gent has a second place in the Champions League, while last season’s champion – Genk came in seventh.
In fact, this decision was made relatively easy and accepted by the majority, when the tournament was only one round and Club Brugge was soon crowned with a distance of 15 points compared to the following groups.
While other countries and their championships are still thinking of the idea of how to end their season, Belgium has made a definitive choice.
Belgium’s top season has officially ended. The Belgian Professional League has declared the season complete with the results shown on the standings.
However, teams like defending champion Genk or Anderlecht of Vincent Kompany also suffer when they are still hoping to compete for playoffs in the Champions League (only 1-2 points behind).
Instead, six teams entered this round, including the new king Club Brugge and five rivals behind – Gent, Charleroi, Antwerp, Standard Liege, and Mechelen.
Waasland-Beveren, who are last in the table with 20 points after 29 rounds, 2 points behind the safety zone, will have to play in the first division next season.
In the message, the Jupiler Pro League Board of Directors confirmed it had taken advice from Dr. Marc Van Ranst and the government. Tournament leaders consider the possibility of organizing matches without an audience, but ultimately realize that increased health safety is a must.
UEFA called for European leagues not to end as soon as the Belgian league
Before the news of the Belgian league canceling the tournament, UEFA called for European leagues not to end as soon as the Belgian league, and UEFA officials are working to make plans to continue the season from July.
In addition, the Jupiler Pro League Organizing Committee has not yet finalized whether to hold a Belgian Cup final between Club Brugge and Antwerp. It is expected that the leaders of the tournament will continue to meet on April 30 to come up with radical solutions.
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