The chairman of the Belgian football association KBVB, Mehdi Bayat, has taken Tuesday to the clubs that still want to resume the season in the Jupiler Pro League. He thinks this is an unwise plan given the corona crisis.
“Everyone agrees that we cannot resume at the moment. However, there are now some clubs that, for their own selfish reasons, still want to do so,” Bayat, also president of Royal Charleroi Sporting Club, told The last news.
“But that is technically impossible. Stupid, even. See, playing behind closed doors is not the problem. However, the safety for the people who are in the stadium when playing without an audience.”
For a long time, the Jupiler Pro League seemed to become the first European league to be discontinued. The board of organizer Pro League already advised on April 2 to draw a line by declaring the season and leader Club Brugge as champion.
Antwerp calls stopping competition ‘opportunistic’
However, the meeting where decisions have to be made about the Jupiler Pro League, in which one more round had to be completed before the start of the playoffs, has already been postponed several times. The meeting is now signed in pencil for May 4.
That nothing has been decided yet is because a number of clubs have become obstructive. Royal Antwerp FC, KRC Genk and RSC Anderlecht still hope that football can soon be played behind closed doors and that the competition can therefore simply be completed.
“Three teams want to stop, namely those who already have the loot and are afraid of losing it if we continue playing,” said chairman Paul Gheysens of Antwerp. “The other clubs have to figure it out. It is all so opportunistic. We will certainly keep the leg 100 percent stiff on Monday.”
Bayat cannot do much with those statements. “If we don’t want to take any risks, the professional clubs will have to finance tests anyway. That is our responsibility. But at the moment it is simply impossible to carry out those tests, because Belgium does not have the capacity yet.”
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