The deadline for European registrations expired on Monday evening. AZ had appealed against the distribution of the Eredivisie tickets and would therefore hear on Monday whether it could take the place of Ajax. However, UEFA has not yet communicated this to the KNVB, the Dutch Football Association has announced to Voetbal International.
Ajax was equal to AZ in points when the league was stopped, but was named number one on goal difference, while AZ had to do it with a place as runner-up. The difference between spot one and spot two is huge, with a view to the upcoming Champions League season. As it stands, Ajax may directly enter the group stage, unless Napoli or Olympique Lyon wins the Champions League. AZ on the other hand will have to survive three preliminary rounds. The Alkmaarders will meet Besiktas, Viktoria Plzen or Rapid Wien in the preliminary rounds.