2020-21 Belgian football season to start next weekend

Percy Tau of Club Brugge during the Europa League round of 32 second leg match against Manchester United at Old Trafford on 27 February 2020.
Percy Tau of Club Brugge during the Europa League round of 32 second leg match against Manchester United at Old Trafford on 27 February 2020.
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The 2020-21 Belgian football season will begin next weekend, the Pro League announced on Friday after weeks of controversy and legal action, with with 18 teams instead of 16 taking part in the top division.

Belgium was one of the first countries to end the 2019-20 campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic, awarding Club Brugge their 16th league title and relegating Waasland-Beveren.

However, following appeals from Waasland-Beveren the coming championship, which begins on 8 August, will feature last season's bottom club and the two teams promoted from the second division - Louvain and Beerschot.

In a statement, the Pro League said that the format would change for next season, with 34 regular season match days followed by the top four taking part in a "Champions playoffs" and the four below in Europa League playoffs

Matches will be played behind closed doors at until the end of August.

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