UEFA halts European club matches in Israel “for security reasons”

UEFA

NYON, July 17: European football’s governing body UEFA announced on Thursday that no Champions League or Europa League matches could be played in Israel until further notice “for security reasons”.

“The UEFA Emergency Panel met on 16 July and decided that, due to the current security situation in Israel, no UEFA competition matches may be played in the country until further notice,” read a statement issued by UEFA.

“Consequently, the Israeli clubs involved in forthcoming fixtures have been requested to propose alternative venues outside of Israel’s territory for their home legs in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.”