Updated: Thursday, 17 July 2014 22:31 | By Agence France-Presse

UEFA halts European club matches in Israel

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".

UEFA halts European club matches in Israel

File photo shows Maccabi Tel Aviv’ midfielder Maharan Radi (L) and FC Basel’ defender Arlin Ajeti during a UEFA Europa League round of 32 qualifier at the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv on February 20, 2014 - by Jack Guez

"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."

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