SC Cambuur had been in prime position for promotion into the Eredivisie
Translated by Thomas Ansell
With the cancelling of the Dutch professional (and amateur) football seasons, the Dutch football association (KNVB) decided to simply declare the 2019/2020 season null and void. For lots of clubs, this has resulted in a massive drop in funds (including for FC Groningen), but for SC Cambuur, the most famous football club in the city of Leeuwarden, it meant delaying their return to the top table of Dutch football.
SC Cambuur and De Graafschaap; another club due for promotion from the Eerste Divisie to the Eredivisie, decided to take the KNVB to court to fight for their right to be promoted. During the legal tribunal, the judge sided with the Dutch football association, and upheld its decision to simply cancel the 2019/2020 season.
Now, and as reported by both Voetbalzone and the Omrop Fryslân, a number of clubs around the Netherlands will receive funds as some find of compensation. SC Cambuur stands to gain 425,000 euros compensation for their non-promotion, whilst De Graafschap stand to gain 375,000 euros. In the Eredivisie, FC Utrecht will receive 600,000 euros as they stood on the brink of qualifying for European football.
Other clubs receiving support include NAC Breda and FC Volendam, both of which were in with a chance of returning to top-flight football. Both will receive 50,000 euros in support. An official announcement is yet to be made, with the details reported thus far sourced via the sports marketeer Chris Woerts, who has significant contacts in the Dutch football world from his time as a sport-washer for Coca-Cola.