UEFA suspends all matches in Israel “until further notice”

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UEFA has decided this Thursday to suspend all matches of its competitions in Israel “until further notice”, after “a thorough evaluation of the current security situation throughout the territory” due to the conflict between the Middle Eastern country and the group Hamas, so the Europa League match between Villarreal and Israeli Maccabi Haifa next week is postponed to December 6, according to a statement.

“After a thorough assessment of the current security situation throughout Israel, the UEFA Executive Committee has decided that UEFA competition matches will not be played in Israel until further notice,” the organization announced on its website. .

Given this new situation, UEFA asked the Israel Football Association and its clubs Maccabi Haifa FC and Maccabi Tel-Aviv to propose alternative stadiums, “which must comply with all applicable UEFA regulations”, outside the territory of Israel. play their home games “for as long as possible”.

Thus, the governing body of European football advanced the postponement of the Villarreal CF-Maccabi Haifa Europa League match on October 26, which will be played on Wednesday, December 6. In the Conference League, Maccabi Tel Aviv-Zorya Luhansk was postponed to Saturday, November 25.

Furthermore, due to the conflict between Israel and Hamas, the Maccabi Haifa youth team “has withdrawn its participation from this season’s UEFA Youth League”, so Sparta Prague advances to the second round of the tournament.

Regarding the Euro 2024 qualifying match between Belgium and Sweden last Monday, in which the two teams asked not to continue after the break due to the murder of two Swedish fans in a terrorist attack, UEFA decided to suspend the duel, therefore that the 1-1 result is confirmed as final.

“In making the aforementioned decision, the Executive Committee took note that it had proven impossible to play the remainder of the match the next day. Both the Royal Belgian Football Federation and the Swedish Football Federation explicitly expressed their desire not to play the remaining time of the match. match and to consider the half-time result definitive (1-1),” reported the organization, which considers that the result of this match does not influence the classification since Belgium is already classified and Sweden has been eliminated.