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Ajax star Hakim Ziyech has slammed the Dutch Football Federation’s (KNVB) decision to not award his side the championship for the 2019-20 season, calling the move “bullsh*t.”
The Eredivisie confirmed on Friday that its season is now over with no champion, thus denying league leaders Ajax the title, with Ziyech’s side in first place on goal differential over AZ.
Ziyech will now join Chelsea when due, but he has blasted the decision to void the season.
“Come on, what nonsense I have heard?” Ziyech told AD. “We are at the top anyway. All those stories that AZ deserved more because they defeated us twice. So the goal difference, as it always is, doesn’t count now? Bullsh*t of course. How did PSV become champion in 2007? Exactly, on one goal.
“That we are not official champions, well. Of course, I would also have preferred to have won the title on the field, but if you have to choose one club as champion, that is Ajax to me.”
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte had ruled this week that all football matches are forbidden until September 1 due to the coronavirus crisis, which led the KNVB to move quickly to bring the Eredivisie and second-tier Eerste Divisie to an end.
Ziyech has revealed his frustration that he won’t sign off his time with Ajax with a title.
“That would have been my closing in style,” Ziyech said. “As it is now, you do not want it to end. But over a longer period of time, I will cherish my best memories.
“And then, of course, that brings up last season. The championship, but especially our journey in the Champions League, how we amazed the whole world with our game. It all fit.
“That not only gives me a special feeling for all the players, but I think it will last forever. We left something at Ajax. And for me, it is now time for something new.”