Louis van Gaal accuses Ajax of using coronavirus crisis for 'their own gain'

Ex-Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has accused his former club Ajax of trying to use the coronavirus pandemic ‘for their own gain’.

Earlier in the month, Ajax technical director Marc Overmars said the Eredivisie season should be declared over due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Ajax are currently top of the Dutch league on goal difference and would be crowned champions if the season was finished now, as looks set to be the case in the Belgian top-flight.

But Van Gaal is adamant that the respective leagues should finish their seasons completely and has hit out at Ajax for their response.

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‘If it is established that the coronavirus has been defeated, you first have to finish the current competition,’ Van Gaal told Algemeen Dagblad.

‘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.

‘Clubs that misuse this corona crisis for their own gain and then make it a public health statement. I’m a man who can’t take that.’

Van Gaal, who managed Manchester United between 2014 and 2016, also said UEFA’s decision to postpone Euro 2020 will give the domestic leagues enough time to finish their seasons.

He added: ‘You can also play the season out in June or July.

‘There is plenty of time this summer, the European Championship is off the calendar. And if UEFA and FIFA are willing to change rules and provide space, well then get started.’

Manchester United, meanwhile, are not expected to furlough their non-playing staff during the coronavirus crisis, following criticism aimed at Premier League rivals Liverpool and Tottenham for doing so.

More than 69,000 people have died from coronavirus in 208 countries around the world.

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