Discussion in 'World Football' started by Minty, Jun 29, 2017.
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Doesn't seem to be a 18/19 thread. After today's results Ajax are ahead on GD with 5 games left.
Aye big slip from PSV.
Think Ajax hold it from here looking at their fixtures.
Good goal from Martin Ødegaard today
Dutch football chiefs have cancelled a full round of Eredivisie fixtures before Ajax meet Tottenham in the Champions League semi-finals.
Ajax were set to play De Graafschap on Sunday, 28 April, then travel to Spurs for the first leg on Tuesday, 30 April.
The Dutch FA, the KNVB, said the decision to cancel top-flight fixtures was taken to give Ajax "at least two full days of rest between games".
"Not only Ajax, but all Dutch football benefits from this," it said.
All games have been cancelled to avoid Ajax and De Graafschap playing at the end of the season once other games have taken place, potentially compromising the competition.
The round of fixtures will instead be played on Wednesday, 15 May - subject to local authorities and police agreeing to the date changes
The KNVB said the change was needed because Ajax were in the Champions League semi-finals, the Dutch Cup final and challenging for the Eredivisie title - but stressed it was about player welfare and not a decision designed to give the team an advantage over the Premier League side.
It added clubs agreed when the fixture list was compiled at the start of the season that changes may need to be made in "the very small chance that one of the clubs would go that far in the Champions League".
The KNVB met clubs on Thursday to discuss the plans - and it admitted many were not happy about the change.
Professional football director Eric Gudde said: "We are aware that it is impossible to satisfy everyone, but a knot must be made.
"There can be no question of full satisfaction because this is ultimately not pleasant for any of the people involved. What is really nice is the reason why this was necessary: the semi-final place of Ajax in the Champions League."
He also explained why all fixtures had to be cancelled, not just De Graafschap v Ajax. "That would mean that only this match was played after 12 May," he said.
"Clubs and fans deserve a fair and as exciting as possible end to the competition, hence the starting point of playing simultaneously on the last two match days.
"Ajax plays for the championship and De Graafschap is in the danger zone for relegation. Not only would the denouement remain in one game that is played later, this also gives De Graafschap more time to prepare for this perhaps decisive game than the other relegation candidates."
Gudde said moving the Ajax game back to 26 or 27 April was not possible because it would clash with King's Day celebrations in Amsterdam, one of the city's largest festivals, and cause "insurmountable problems".
Spurs play West Ham United at 12:30 BST on Saturday, 27 April. However, their league fixture against Bournemouth at 20:00 on Monday, 6 May - two days before the second leg of their semi-final - is expected to be moved by the Premier League.
Ajax got away with that there..
Groningen missed some good chances to go 1 up..
Also should've conceded a penalty at the end that var didn't check..
Probably clinched the league with that win with 10..
@Vinnie BBQ What is the general view among fans of other teams about giving Ajax the extra-time by cancelling the fixtures ?
Think you mean re-scheduled the fixtures? Think most fans of other clubs are against it. The main complaint is that the KNVB never did it in the past for let's say PSV or other clubs. But let's be honest...how many times will a Dutch club nowadays come this far in the CL and the Eredivisie can use the points for future straight qualification for the CL.
Other complaint which I DO understand is that many people already had tickets for said games and have to re-schedule their agenda if even possible.
What are PSV fans making of the League? im sure about 6 or 7 games ago PSV were at one point like 5 points clear with a game in hand then they seemed to draw about 4 or 5 games, possibly even about 3 in a row and are now looking like losing the League.
Are the players or manager being blamed?
De Graafschap Ajax on premier sports .
What’s the script with Ajax? Are they actually just orange *? Or is it the whole Jewish thing and taken offense to the Palestine stuff we did?
Just orange *.