Israel will not play football till further notice, according to UEFA

    The “current safety and security situation” in Israel has resulted in no UEFA-organized match taking place “until further notice,” the organization that oversees European football announced in a statement on Thursday.

    “The UEFA executive committee decided that no UEFA competition matches shall be played in Israel until further notice after a thorough evaluation of the current safety and security situation in the whole territory of Israel,” the statement stated.

    The Israeli teams Maccabi Haifa and Maccabi Tel Aviv, who play in the Europa League and Europa Conference League, respectively, would be impacted by the decision.

    For as long as this decision is in effect, UEFA said, “The Israel Football Association and its clubs Maccabi Haifa FC and Maccabi Tel Aviv have been requested to propose alternative venues/stadiums (which must comply with all applicable UEFA regulations) outside the territory of Israel for their home matches to be used.”

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    The October 26th Maccabi Haifa match against Villarreal has been rescheduled for December 6th, and the October 26th Maccabi Tel Aviv home match against Zorya Luhansk has been moved to November 25th.

    Following Hamas’ unexpected strike earlier this month, UEFA decided to postpone all of the games that were supposed to take place in Israel for a period of two weeks.

    This includes Israel’s 2024 European Championship qualification match at Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv vs Switzerland.
    The Israel national team’s qualification match against Kosovo was then postponed by the governing body “because the Israeli authorities currently do not allow their national team to travel abroad.”

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