KNVB postpones all weekend Dutch Eredivisie games before Champions League semi-finals to help Ajax against Tottenham

The Dutch football federation Friday postponed all premier league games ahead of Ajax's Champions League semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur, saying players 'needed at least two full rest days between games.'

Agence France-Presse April 20, 2019 16:38:43 IST
KNVB postpones all weekend Dutch Eredivisie games before Champions League semi-finals to help Ajax against Tottenham

The Hague: The Dutch football federation Friday postponed all premier league games ahead of Ajax's Champions League semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur, saying players "needed at least two full rest days between games."

KNVB postpones all weekend Dutch Eredivisie games before Champions League semifinals to help Ajax against Tottenham

Ajax players celebrate after beating Juventus in Champions League quarter-final. Reuters

The Amsterdam club was set to meet the eastern Dutch club De Graafschap on 28 April in their next Eredivisie clash and then play Spurs on 30 April in London in the first leg of their European last-four clash.

"Two games in three days are not possible. There has to be two full rest days between two games," the Royal Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) said in a statement.

All games have now been postponed until 12 and 15 May, the KNVB said, with "all hosting clubs having received permission from their local authorities."

The KNVB said the step was taken because of concerns over players and not to give Ajax a competitive advantage over Spurs.

Ajax's dream to play a coveted Champions League final took another leap forward earlier this week after beating Juventus 2-1 in Turin and winning the tie 3-2 on aggregate.

Tuesday's victory means they have played 16 games in this season's competition, losing only once, at home to defending champions Real Madrid in the last round. They responded with a memorable 4-1 second-leg victory at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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