The two clubs are disappointed that the KNVB has announced a cancellation of the football season with no promotion or relegation
Translated by Thomas Ansell
As reported by the Omrop Fryslân, SC Cambuur (from Leeuwarden) and De Graafschap (from Doetinchem, Gelderland) are likely to appeal against the decision of the Dutch football association (KNVB) to cancel the football season. This would mean that both clubs, who sit first and second in the Eerste Divisie (the second tier of Dutch football) would miss out on promotion to the Eredivisie.
The news has been announced by De Graafschap, who have hired a lawyer to argue their case. A petition on the website petities.nl that calls for both clubs to be promoted, has been signed by around 23,000 people.
De Graafschap have said that they are open to other options, but are saying nothing of any further substantial steps they may take. Last Friday, SC Cambuur announced that they would look into legal steps- and will make a final decision today.
SC Cambuur was founded in 1964, and has bounced between the top two divisions of Dutch football since then. They achieved promotion to the Eredivisie in 2013, but were relegated again in 2016. Previous players include Jaap Stam, whilst the current squad has the former FC Groningen players Jarchinio Antonia, Michael Breij, and the Chelsea FC loanee George McEachran.