Thursday April 2 2020
Belgium crown Club Brugge early champions

The Jupiler Pro League in Belgium has become the first major European competition to assign a winner, terminating the season early due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Their tournament was suspended on April 30 and, although Belgium is by no means one of the hardest hit areas in this pandemic, they have decided it won’t be possible to resume the 2019-20 campaign.

Club Brugge have therefore been named champions of Belgium, although in fairness they were only one game away from concluding the regular phase.

It means there won’t be the planned play-offs, so Club Brugge are first and Gent join them in the Champions League play-offs for next season.

Genk and Anderlecht complete the top four.

Serie A clubs have been debating whether to resume the season, which is only 26 rounds into a fixture list of 38 games.

FIGC President Gabriele Gravina has already stated that current leaders Juventus, who sit one point ahead of Lazio, would not want the Scudetto assigned to them in these circumstances.

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