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UEFA sanctions matches in Israel till further notice

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UEFA has announced that no matches will be played in Israel until further notice for the safety and security situation in the country.

The decision which was made by the UEFA Executive Committee was announced on Thursday.

The decision follows the ongoing crisis between Israel and Palestine which began on October 7 after Hamas launched an attack on Israel.

The Israel Football Association and its clubs Maccabi Haifa and Maccabi Tel-Aviv have been asked to propose alternative venues and stadiums outside the country for home matches during this period.

UEFA has also announced the postponements of Maccabi Haifa and Maccabi Tel-Aviv’s next European matches.

Maccabi Haifa’s Europa League group match against Villarreal has been postponed until December 6, while Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Europa Conference League group fixture against Zorya Luhansk has been rescheduled for November 25.

The latest reports are that the death toll in Gaza is around 3,500 while in Israel at least 1,400 people have been killed.

Meanwhile, UEFA also announced that its Executive Committee has decided that the EURO 2024 qualifier between Belgium and Sweden, which was abandoned at half-time on Monday (October 16) due to a terrorist attack in Brussels, will not be replayed.

In a shooting five kilometres away from the King Baudouin Stadium, two Swedes were killed, and a gunman named Abdesalem, a 45-year-old Tunisian national was shot by police in Brussels the next day.

The match was 1-1 at the time it was halted, and a decision has been taken that it will not be replayed, due to Belgium having already qualified for the EURO 2024 tournament, and Sweden unable to do so.

Each team has been awarded one point in the Group F standings.

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