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Dutch clubs legally fighting against leagues' abandonment

Dutch clubs are fighting against the leagues' abandonment this week.

The Daily Mail says FC Utrecht are preparing for legal action to fight the Royal Netherlands Football Association's decision to cancel the remainder of the league season and allocate places in next season's European competitions based on the standings when play was halted by the coronavirus crisis.

Utrecht likely will not be alone in challenging the decision that also said there would be no relegation and promotion between the country's two top leagues.

The Netherlands was the first top-tier European league to cancel the remainder of the season. Neighbouring Belgium could also end its season at a meeting Monday.

Cambuur Leeuwarden, leader of the second-tier Keuken Kampioen division, are furious that they were denied promotion.

"I can't understand it," said the club's director, Ard de Graaf. "It feels very unjust."

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