Club Bruges formally declared Belgian champion

BRUSSELS: Club Bruges were formally declared Belgian champions on friday after country Pro league It confirmed last month's decision to prematurely halt the season in the wake of the new coronavirus pandemic, the club said on Twitter.

Brugge had a disproportionate 15-point lead with one game remaining in the regular season and will take an automatic place in next season's Champions League group stage.

It is a 17th title for the club and its third in the past five seasons.

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Belgium was the first country in Europe to end its soccer season just weeks after its suspension in mid-March but that decision made by the Pro league board still had to be ratified by the clubs, who did so at Friday’s general assembly.

Club Bruges tweeted confirmation of the decision after Belgian media had earlier reported that the meeting had also decided bottom-placed Waasland-Beveren would be relegated.

The Pro league was expected to make an official statement laterm on Friday.

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