UEFA bars Israeli clubs from hosting matches, Ukrainian and Russian clubs from meeting

July 17, 9:56 AM

NYON, Switzerland - 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."

The governing body also put a measure in place related to the ongoing tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

UEFA said that its emergency panel had made the decision at the request of the football associations of both Ukraine and Russia, ahead of Friday's draw for the third qualifying round of the tournament.

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