Club Brugge To Become Champions As Rest Of Belgian Season Set To Be Cancelled
The Belgian League are set to be the first in Europe to end the season early and will crown Club Brugge as champions.
Football across Europe is currently suspended and no one knows what the next steps will be, as most leagues formulate plans to try and get their seasons completed.
However, according to HLN, the Belgian league have decided to cancel the rest of their season and crown current league leaders Brugge as champions.
The Belgian paper report that the 'board of directors' for the league have made the decision and it just needs to be ratified by the 'General Assembly' on April 15th, something that should happen quite easily.
There was just one game left of the regular season, with Brugge 15 points clear of rivals Gent. However the Jupiler League then goes into a play-off system where the league splits in two.
Teams have their points totals halved for the second part of the season and play 10 games, home and away fixtures, against the other top five to decide who the champions are and who finishes in the other European places.
This season the league is doing away with the final game and the play-offs, with no end in sight of the Covid-19 pandemic, however no decision has been made on the cup finals.
Belgium's decision will certainly interest Liverpool and their fans. When the league was brought to an abrupt halt Jurgen Klopp's side led rivals Manchester City by 25 points and needed just two wins to win the league.
In fact in the build up to the postponement of games the Reds still had the chance to win their first title in 30 years without playing another match.
City were due to play Arsenal on the 11th March, which became the first game postponed in England due to the virus, and then Burnley the following Saturday.
Had they lost both, before Liverpool were due to play the Merseyside derby on March 16th, then the Reds would have been celebrating their title with a match against local rivals Everton.
The league has been suspended until at least the end of April, and the deadline for the end of the league has been lifted, and there's been talks of finishing the league behind closed doors and with World Cup style camps, with all 92 games played across two months at just a few locations, all on television.
It remains to be seen if the rest of Europe follows Belgium's example.