FC Utrecht denied two shots at Europa League qualification after Dutch football cancellation

FC Utrecht have missed out on two opportunities to qualify for the Europa League

The Dutch football season has officially been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The country's government have halted all sporting events in the country until September at the earliest and in the wake of the news, the Eredivisie have called off the 2019/20 campaign.

Table-toppers Ajax will not be crowned champions, no team from the division will be relegated and the Dutch Cup final has also been scrapped.

However, teams in European places will still qualify for the Champions League and Europa League when football does eventually return.

There are plenty of ramifications to the news and the team arguably worst impacted are FC Utrecht.

Utrecht currently sit sixth in the Eredivisie table, three points off of the final Europa League spot - currently occupied by Willem II.

However, Utrecht have a game in hand over Willem and boast a far superior goal difference, with 13 more goal scored and the same number conceded.

But wait, it gets worse. Utrecht had qualified for the Dutch Cup final which was another opportunity to qualify for the Europa League.

It's a truly horrible situation for the club and Utrecht forward Adrian Dalmau has already expressed his dismay at the decision to cancel the season.

The Eredivisie table

"I have a tremendous rage," Dalmau told Marca. "I don't know what to say."It's shameful, crazy... ridiculous.A tremendous sporting injustice has been committed against FC Utrecht.

"The decision has been made without any type of criteria."

Dalmau confirmed that Utrecht are looking at potentially taking legal action against the decision.

"The FC Utrecht owner has already announced that he's thinking about complaining to the [Dutch Football] Federation and appealing the decision," Dalmau added.

FC Utrecht's stadium

"He's going to spare no expense on lawyers. It's an injustice."They didn't even let us play the cup final behind closed doors in September... or see what other measures could've been taken.

"They've taken something away from us that we would've won on the pitch and they haven't given up the option to defend ourselves."

Ajax losing out on the title is equally as tough, but spare a thought for Utrecht and their fans during what was supposed to be a memorable season.

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