Ajax given major boost ahead of Champions League semi-final with Tottenham as Eredivisie postpone all matches weekend before first-leg in order to help Dutch side prepare
- Eredivisie side Ajax take on Tottenham in the Champions League semi-finals
- Ajax face Spurs away on April 30 before hosting them on May 8 in second-leg
- And the Eredivisie are doing all they can to help Ajax in their quest for glory
Ajax have received a huge boost from Eredivisie ahead of their Champions League semi-final tie with Tottenham.
Eredivisie have decided to postpone every top-flight fixture before Ajax’s first-leg away at Tottenham on April 30.
The title-chasing Eredivisie side were set to take on De Graafschap, who are fighting for survival, on April 28, just two days before the crunch European clash against Mauricio Pochettino’s side at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Ajax progressed to the Champions League semi-finals after beating Juventus in the quarters
But the Dutch football association (KNVB) are eager to help Ajax in any way possible by announcing that their clash with De Graafschap has been postponed.
With the KNVB wanting to maintain their integrity heading into the closing stages of the season, they have decided to postpone all matches in the penultimate round of the campaign.
Ajax and PSV Eindhoven sit level on 74 points at the top of the table, with the former above only on goal difference.
KNVB president Eric Gudde said: ‘We have looked at all kinds of ways to move games with Ajax progressing so far in the Champions League.
Ajax players celebrate on the pitch following their triumph in Turin on Tuesday night
‘We have presented our plans to all of the clubs. It is not ideal for everyone, I appreciate that, but this is not just helping Ajax.
‘It is being done to help Dutch football as a whole because it means so much to be successful in Europe.’
The decision has angered some Eredivisie clubs with it being made so late on in the season.
The top-flight season will now be extended, with the postponed games now set to take place on Wednesday, May 15.
The Eredivisie outfit take on Tottenham in the semi-finals, with the first-leg on April 30