Pro League chairman speaks out on Beneleague: "If we don't succeed in making smaller leagues more competitive the question becomes whether top clubs will still want to play against us"

12 April 2021

Photo: Alamy "If you create the right solidarity mechanisms and the right access to the Beneleague you upgrade the whole ecosystem," says Belgian Pro League and KRC Genk chairman Peter Croonen.

In a process two years underway, top Belgian and Dutch clubs have now invited other stakeholders to take knowledge of findings regarding the potential of a league merger.

Belgian Pro League and KRC Genk chairman Peter Croonen says the Beneleague would enable clubs to increasingly challenge the 'Big Five' leagues on the European stage.

He and his peers now face the challenge of convincing smaller clubs they, too, would benefit from the idea – and not be reduced to the ecosystem's outer perimeters.

In addition, Croonen believes it is crucial for both Belgian and Dutch clubs to keep their current respective European tickets for the proposal to work.

Emil Gjerding Nielson

They have tried it several times before. But this time it's different. 

In March, the general assembly of the Belgian Pro League unanimously approved to pursue a merger with the Dutch Eredivisie after a process initiated and led by the two divisions' top five and six clubs, respectively, that started more than two years ago.

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