Argentina football season declared over due to coronavirus pandemic
- Argentina's Football Federation has announced that their football season is over and relegation of teams will be suspended for two years
- Diego Maradona's Gimnasia are expected to benefit from the decision as the club was facing relegation this season
- Recently, Argentina, whose coronavirus death toll stands at 192 extended its mandatory nationwide quarantine period until May
The Argentine football association has resolved to end the 2019/20 campaign prematurely due to the global outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.
The drastic decision is expected to be officially ratified on Tuesday, April 28, with the federation's president, Claudio Tapia, divulging promotion of teams will continue.
"We are going to end the tournaments so we can designate the teams qualified for continental competitions next year," Tapia told a local news channel.
However, relegation of clubs often determined by a complicated calculus of points per game over a period of three years has been suspended for two years.
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The decision will definitely go down well with Argentina football legend Diego Maradona whose Gimnasia was in danger of being relegated.
The Maradona-tutored side sat in the bottom three in the division despite recording significant improvement since the arrival of the former star as coach back in September 2019.
Meanwhile, the FA's decision is set to affect the Copa Superliga, a 24-team tourney initially scheduled to end in a playoff in May.
Argentina's topflight league - the Primera Division completed early March, with Boca Juniors being crowned champions.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Dutch Eredivisie is officially the first high-profile league to scrap the 2019/2020 football season amid the coronavirus pandemic.
This development came after prime minister Mark Rutte decided to ban professional football in the country until September due to COVID-19.
What this also means that there will be no promotion or relegation from neither the topflight nor the lower division.
Meanwhile, table toppers Ajax will miss out on the chance to retain the title they won last campaign.
In the second tier, FC Cambuur were on course for promotion as they led the standings by an impressive 11 points.
This will be the first time in the league’s 64-year history that the season will end with no designated champions or losers.
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