Bafana Bafana star Percy Tau looks set to claim his first European trophy after the Belgian season was cancelled and Club Brugge declared as Belgian Pro League champions.
The 25-year-old has had a mixed campaign with Brugge in the Belgian Pro League during the 2019-20 season, putting in a few impressive performances but struggled for game time under Philippe Clement.
However, the former Mamelodi Sundowns attacker managed to score four goals and assisted a further eight from 30 appearances across all competitions.
The Belgian Pro League is set to become the first major European league to be cancelled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Club Brugge will now be declared champions with Tau’s side currently 15 points clear of second-placed Gent 0n the league table.
The Belgian Pro League have since released the following statement:
‘The Pro League board of directors met today by conference call. The most important item on the agenda was obviously the issue of continued competition in the context of the coronavirus crisis.
‘The current situation, particularly precarious, in which our country finds itself has as a consequence that sport is not and cannot be considered as the first concern, however entertaining and relaxing it may be.
‘In this context, it is the responsibility of the Board of Directors to make a recommendation, taking into account public health, the interests of all stakeholders and the wishes of the majority of clubs to not resume competition.
‘The Board of Directors has taken note of the recommendations of the authorities, according to which it is very unlikely that matches with the public can take place before June 30. The current situation does not allow us to know if and when a resumption of collective training can be planned.
‘In addition, a resumption of competition could not exclude the risks to the health of players, employees and all those involved in the organisation of matches and in maintaining order. In addition, the possible contamination of a player or a core of players risks influencing the sporting development of the rest of the competition in an unacceptable manner.
‘Even if closed matches were theoretically possible, the additional pressure that the organisation of such matches would place on health services and law enforcement should be avoided. In addition, the decisions of the local authorities threaten to make it impossible to run the championship days simultaneously.
‘The Board of Directors unanimously decided that it was not desirable, whatever the scenario envisaged, to continue the competition after June 30. Taking into account the above elements, the Board of Directors made a unanimous recommendation to not resume the competitions of the 2019-20 season and to accept the current classification of the Jupiler Pro League as classification final, subject to the decisions of the licensing commission.’
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