The corona crisis continues to cause unrest in several European competitions. In Spain, Espanyol has lodged a protest against relegation on Monday, while KVC Westerlo wants to enforce promotion in Belgium via court.
Espanyol, who finished stiff at the bottom in La Liga this season, thinks that there has been an unfair battle because of the corona crisis and believes that all degradations in Spanish professional football should be reversed.
The club points out, among other things, that the matches without an audience were a major disadvantage – Espanyol played five times at home against a competitor since that measure – and that a large number of players in the selection have had COVID-19.
Espanyol also points out that the promotion and relegation battle has not been the same at all levels: on the second level, the deferred league game Deportivo La Coruña-Fuenlabrada must be played on Wednesday.
The game was canceled due to a large number of corona injuries at Fuenlabrada, which advances to the play-offs for promotion. Deportivo relegated without playing, wants the last round to be replayed and threatens to stay away on Wednesday.
Westerlo also feels disadvantaged
The corona pandemic is also causing unrest in Belgian football. Waasland-Beveren successfully fought relegation there – which led to the Jupiler Pro League moving from sixteen to eighteen clubs – and now KVC Westerlo is the next club to be moved.
The club was at the top on the second level when the season ended and saw period winners OHL and Beerschot then run with promotion together with Waasland-Beveren.
Westerlo is instituting summary proceedings against the Jupiler Pro League and the football association KBVB and demands that the start of the new season be postponed until there is clarity.
Will we see KVC Westerlo back at the highest Belgian level next season? (Photo: Pro Shots)