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Events in Holland hint at potential Leeds United and West Brom actions if promotion denied

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Events in Holland hint at potential Leeds United and West Brom actions if promotion denied

The two Championship sides might want to keep a close eye on events in the Netherlands.

Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion will be increasingly concerned about the precedent being set around Europe for promotion and relegation amid potentially cancelled seasons. 

The Netherlands have voided their 2019-20 campaign, confirming there will be no champions and, as Leeds and West Brom both fear, no promotion. 

But what early lessons can Leeds and West Brom learn from the situation in Holland?

DOETINCHEM, NETHERLANDS – FEBRUARY 28: (Photo by Peter Lous/Soccrates/Getty Images)

The voiding of the season has left Cambuur and De Graafschap of the Dutch second-tier to miss out on promotion to the top-flight. Both clubs were well clear of third-placed Volendam. 

Now, as reported by Omrop Fryslan, the two sides have both begun seeking legal guidance regarding the decision. 

They have reportedly hired lawyer Dolf Segaar, who told the publication that the hope was an amicable conclusion could be had between all parties. However, he also confirmed that legal action could be possible.


“There are possibilities and one is indeed to stand in front of a judge. We are preparing that now. Then there will be a hearing in due course, unless another route is chosen. That is the members meeting, which can be organized by the KNVB or if at least four clubs ask for it. 

“I hope for the solidarity of the clubs to sit together and thus come to a good decision. Then that has happened through a democratic process.”

Segaar also has previous. He took on the Dutch FA (KNVB) as a lawyer representing FC Twente and won in 2016. 

The Dutch FA held a vote regarding the matter among the 34 teams of Holland’s top two tiers. Despite a majority of 16 to 9 voting for promotion and relegation, the KNVB counted the nine clubs who abstained as votes for no, creating an 18-16 majority win for no relegation or promotion. The report claims those teams who abstained were unaware that would be the case, so it is easy to see why Cambuur and De Graafschap are so frustrated.

Of course, both Leeds United and West Brom, as well as the other teams in the Championship chasing promotion, are of the hope that the season can somehow be played out. 

But judging by the situation already starting to emerge in Holland things could get messy fast if that is not the case.

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