Super Eagles’ and Heracles’ forward Cyriel Dessers faces the probability of his best season in the Eredivisie being cancelled.
Dessers was at summit of the goal scorers chart in the Dutch topflight league with 15 goals before the coronavirus pandemic hit Europe.
Eredivisie have all-but confirmed the current campaign has been cancelled after the Netherlands Prime Minister earlier announced professional football matches couldn’t be played for another four months.
The football calendar has been decimated recently due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and it remains to be seen when players across the globe will return to action.
But on Tuesday, Prime Minister Mark Rutte hinted that the Eredivisie season is almost certain to be cancelled after announcing that organised events remain banned until the beginning of September as they look to stop the spread of coronavirus.
And the Eredivisie have since issued a statement following Rutte’s comments, claiming they intend to cancel the season but will speak to UEFA this week to make a final decision.
‘That the events requiring a permit remain prohibited until 1 September creates clarity. Until then, no professional football is played, even without an audience,’ said the league in a statement on Tuesday evening.
‘As a result, the board of professional football, which is formally about that, intends not to continue playing the league 19/20.
‘Based on the government’s decision today, the KNVB will consult with UEFA. After which the decision is made. On Friday, the clubs and other parties involved will meet to discuss the consequences.
Rutte made the announcement regarding organised events during a press conference on Tuesday as he provided an update on the coronavirus situation in the country.
He said: ‘This is the maximum we can do at the moment. In particular, relaxing the social distancing rules too quickly will lead to a second wave of infections which needs to be averted.
‘These are difficult considerations but it’s a question of better safe than sorry. We have to be very cautious.’
Rutte went on to admit that the decision to extend the ban on organised events until four months and 10 days time, was because ‘we can’t cope with the risks.’