UEFA says no Champions League & Europa League games in Israel, blocks Ukraine & Russian teams drawing one another

UEFA have announced on Thursday that, due to ongoing security concerns, restrictions have been placed on Israeli teams and Ukrainian and Russian teams playing in this season’s Champions League and Europa League.

Amid tensions in the Middle East, all Israeli teams have now been told that they must find alternative venues to host their UEFA competition matches.

Maccabi Tel Aviv will now need to find a new location for their return match against FC Santa Coloma in the Champions League, while the decision affects Hapoel Tel Aviv and Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the Europa League.

With regard to the Ukrainian and Russian football teams, ongoing tensions between the countries has forced UEFA to block the opportunity of sides in the rival nations from being drawn against one another.

As announced by UEFA’s Emergency Panel:

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 UEFA Emergency Panel has decided that Ukrainian and Russian teams cannot be drawn against each other until further notice. Consequently, FC Zenit and Dnipro will be prevented from being pitted together when the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round draw is made on 18 July.