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Bekerwinst creates chaos

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Six questions about the tangle around the European ticket

Bekerwinst creates chaos

After the bekerwinst of KV Mechelen, it is unclear what to do with the race for the third ticket for the Europa League between the fourth (or fifth?) of Play-off 1 winner of Play-off 2. But there are still many more questions.

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Supportersvreugde in the King baudouin stadium: after the title in 1B tackles KV Mechelen now also the Cup of Belgium. Thierry roger williams park/belga

Six questions about the tangle around the European ticket

Bekerwinst creates chaos

After the bekerwinst of KV Mechelen, it is unclear what to do with the race for the third ticket for the Europa League between the fourth (or fifth?) of Play-off 1 winner of Play-off 2. But there are still many more questions.

‘Within fifty years, they speak here of’

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Cup, thus of Belgium

Ludo Vandewalle

Why is the bekerzege of KV Mechelen bad news for the football association?

Because the bond than in problems with the granting of the third Europa League ticket. That is awarded after a barragewedstrijd between the fourth or fifth from the Play-off 1 against the winner of Play-off 2. The European ticket that KV Mechelen after the bekerwinst bite, it can be taken away if the club are convicted for (attempted) matchfixing. If that conviction is there, then it qualifies in place of a cup winner KVM the third of PO1 (now Antwerp) directly for the Europa League, the fourth (now Standard), the second Europa League ticket, and plays the fifth (now Anderlecht) the barragewedstrijd against the winner of PO2.

Surely that is clear? What is the problem?

The timing. The barragewedstrijd is now planned for Sunday, may 26. In the case of the (attempted) matchfixing of KV Mechelen and Waasland-Beveren is, however, for Tuesday may 28, the final decision is made. Then there is still no account of the ongetwijfelde appeal to the BASS of one of the parties involved. That is, within two to three weeks handled, but then we are again at least two weeks away.

That means that for about 15 June is still not clear, or KV Mechelen to be convicted or not. And at the same time, it is not clear whether the fourth or fifth against the winner of PO2 should play. On 15 June, is the season already three weeks still, and start some clubs in the preparation of the next season. For 30 June the clubs in the UEFA be registered for European football.

Is that in one way or another to solve?

The opponent of the winner of PO2 in the European jump-off depends on the decision in the case KV Mechelen–Waasland-Beveren. But that is not for mid-June

That requires a lot of creativity and co-operation of the clubs. One can the fourth a match against the winner of PO2 play (26 may) and then again in the fifth against the winner of PO2 (29 or 30 may). Is KV Mechelen have not been convicted, then plays the winner of the duel between the fourth-from PO1 and the winner of PO2 in the Europa League. Is KV Mechelen were convicted, then get the winner of the duel between the fifth from PO1 and the winner of PO2 that European ticket.

Also the idea of a driehoekstoernooi is suggested. The three teams (the fourth and the fifth from PO1 and the winner of PO2) play themselves, and the best ranked qualify for the Europa League. But there should especially number four from PO1 agree. And it means for each team will have two matches more. Then in the meantime, we at the beginning of June.

Why hope, Antwerp, Standard, Anderlecht and Gent after Lokeren, Beerschot and Tubize is now also a condemnation of KV Mechelen and Waasland-Beveren?

If that conviction is there, then it qualifies – in place of KV Mechelen – the third of PO1 (now Antwerp) directly for the Europa League, the fourth (now Standard), the second Europa League ticket, and plays the fifth (now Anderlecht) the barragewedstrijd against the winner of PO2. AA Gent is sixth, but can also fifth. Anderlecht and AA Gent have now no prospect of European football, in a condemnation plots.

Lokeren hopes that Waasland-Beveren have to downgrade, because it will stay in the first class. Beerschot hoping that KV Mechelen not to 1A should promote, because then it promotes it. Tubize is counting on that KV Mechelen, to amateurs, should bags, such as regulatory, so that the self in 1B.

Can KV Mechelen in the cup to keep, but his title to lose, or vice versa?

KV Mechelen remains the champion in 1B remains in the cup to keep. That is the club is not purchased because the (attempt to) matchfixing is not this season. The current coaches and players have nothing to do with it. Those prices will remain on the list of achievements, but the reward in the form of promotion for the title in 1B and a European ticket for the bekerwinst then remain off.

What if KV Mechelen just freely go?

That makes everything much easier. KV Mechelen qualifies directly for the group stage of the Europa League. The number four from Play-off 1 (now Standard) plays an barragematch against the winner of Play-off 2 for the last (and lowest) ticket for the Europa League. Anderlecht and AA Gent fall then definitely next to the boat.

‘Within fifty years, they speak here of’

KV Mechelen has the trophy. And should that always keep. All the rest has nothing to do with the matchfixing was yesterday for one day all uitgegomd.’

Brussels‘Here one speaks in Mechelen, within fifty years even over, ” shouted goalkeeper and an absolute luminary Michael Verrips afterwards. It shall be well. Heroic it was, how the resembled – 45 days without wedstrijdritme and with deep wounds by the matchfixingzaak – had shown to the whole of Belgium. First, a coach with a plan, that in spite of the rapid tegengoal knocked. Ghent had not an inch of space and there was some times in perfect parallel. Then a team with a passion, as great as the rombouts cathedral. ‘We continued the last half hour pure willpower up’, had also Vrancken seen. “But we have also shown what great things KV Mechelen in the state.” KV Mechelen: the whole family. The official huldigingsplechtigheid had to wait, the whole team blééf but celebrate with the more than 20,000 frenzied supporters in their red-and-yellow sea.

“Their attraction was too great”, grinned Verrips afterwards. Just to say that KV Mechelen with his second bekerzege more than ever in its 115-year history, one family showed. Not despite, but because of all the misery of past months. “We can have our supporters’t thank you enough’, nodded coach Wouter Vrancken. ‘Such as they are this difficult season behind us and continued to stand us through the most difficult moments dragged, that is punishment. Punishment and unique.” The Observer had the passion of the Inhabitants for their club for the match are already using images from the finals of ten years ago, and of the party that the legion , despite the loss when of had made. Also yesterday, waited for a great festival with the supporters, with a ceremony at the town hall.

And the bekerzege was no big long nose to those who the club want to initiative to 1B and keep away from Europe. “No! We are not concerned with that. We’re just going to party.’ And there is even no single cloud over that celebration. “I invite you: come and take a look in Mechelen’, meesmuilde the coach. “You will be a lot of beer. But no black cloud.’ (fbu)

AA GENT–KV MECHELEN1-2

GOALS: 32’ Dompé 1-0; 38’ Storm 1-1; 62’ Mera 1-2

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