Louis van Gaal has accused his former club Ajax of trying to use the coronavirus pandemic “for their own gain”.
Ajax technical director Marc Overmars called for the Eredivisie season to be declared over in the face of the global pandemic.
The former Arsenal and Barcelona star was highly critical of the Dutch football association (KNVB) when it issued a statement saying it would follow UEFA’s direction to attempt to finish the season, which has been suspended, by August 3.
On Sunday, UEFA released a statement saying that there are no plans to wrap the season up by August 3, and that the president Aleksander Ceferin had been misquoted by some outlets sharing his interview with ZDF.
Ajax currently lead the Eredivisie on goal difference, just ahead of AZ Alkmaar. Both teams sit on 56 points after 25 games, with Feyenoord six points further back in third position.
“If it is established that the coronavirus has been defeated, you first have to finish the current competition,” Van Gaal told the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper.
“Sports exists to find a winner, not to say after 25 matches we cut things off and Ajax is champion. But while the government has also been following the experts for weeks, some football clubs suddenly say that it is not possible – Ajax first.
“Clubs that misuse this corona crisis for their own gain and then make it a public health statement. I’m a man who can’t take that.”
Van Gaal believes UEFA’s decision to postpone Euro 2020 until the summer of 2021 will leave enough time for domestic leagues to be completed this summer.
Source: News update