Belgian league buys time before declaring dead season

BRUSSELS: under threat of UEFA , the 24 clubs in the Belgian Pro League Thursday delayed the date they will vote to ratify a decision to leave the season.

A league committee recommended to clubs on April 2 that the season, suspended from March 7 due to the coronavirus pandemic, be declared terminated.

The following day, the governing body of European football called the decision premature and unjustified and threatened to deprive Belgian clubs of places in European competitions next season.

The clubs were due to vote at a general league meeting on April 15, but on Thursday they decided to postpone the meeting until April 24.

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They gave no reason for the delay, but the Belgian football association ( URBSFA ) has said it is working with UEFA toward a constructive solution regarding the premature end to the Belgian championship.

The URBSFA released a statement on April 4 saying that it would present the UEFA executive committee with recommendations for stopping its championship at an unspecified date.

If the league were to stop, current leaders Club Bruges they would be crowned champions.