Louis van Gaal has accused his former club Ajax Amsterdam of trying to use the COVID-19 pandemic for their own gain.
Ajax technical director Marc Overmars has called for the Netherlands Eredivisie season to be declared over in the face of the global pandemic.
The former Arsenal and Barcelona star was highly critical of the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) when it issued a statement saying it would follow UEFA’s direction to attempt to finish the season by August 3.
The League is currently suspended.
Ajax lead the Eredivisie on goal difference, just ahead of AZ Alkmaar, both teams sit on 56 points after 25 games.
But Overmars’s suggestion does not sit well with Van Gaal, who managed Overmars at Ajax in 1994/95.
“If it is established that the coronavirus has been defeated, you first have to finish the current competition,” Van Gaal told the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper.
“Sports exists to find a winner, not to say after 25 matches we cut things off and Ajax is champion. But while the government has also been following the experts for weeks, some football clubs suddenly say that it is not possible – Ajax first,” said the former Man United coach.
“Clubs that misuse this COVID-19 crisis for their own gain and then make it a public health statement. I’m a man who can’t take that,” he said.
Van Gaal believes UEFA’s decision to postpone Euro 2020 until 2021 will leave enough time for domestic leagues to be completed.
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By Ofhani Munyai