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UEFA bans games in Israel amid conflict

Updated: Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 15:35

Maccabi Tel-Aviv have been asked to play their home games in the Champions League qualifiers outside Israel
Maccabi Tel-Aviv have been asked to play their home games in the Champions League qualifiers outside Israel

UEFA has decided that no games in its competitions can be played in Israel due to the current security situation in the country.

UEFA’s emergency committee met on Wednesday, and determined that fixtures cannot be played in Israel for the time being.

Israeli clubs involved in forthcoming fixtures have been requested to propose alternative venues outside of Israel's territory for their home legs in the Champions League and Europa League.

It means Maccabi Tel-Aviv will have to play their forthcoming Champions League qualifier against FC Santa Coloma of Andorra outside of Israel.

Hapoel Beer Sheva, Hapoel Kiryat Shmona and Hapoel Tel-Aviv are playing in the qualifying stages of the Europa League.  

The committee also decided that because of ongoing political turmoil, Russian and Ukrainian teams will be prevented from facing each other until further notice.

The decision means FC Zenit and Dnipro cannot be drawn together when the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round draw is made on Friday.

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