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Leading in vaccination, Israel said hoping to host major UEFA games

With Israel far ahead of Europe in its coronavirus vaccination campaign, Israeli officials are hoping the Jewish state could host some decisive UEFA Champions League and Euro matches this spring, including possibly the finals.

The Israel Football Association reached out to UEFA last week with an offer to host some Euro 2021 soccer games, Channel 12 reports.

The European league said it would consider the offer, particularly if the continent’s thus-far lackluster efforts to inoculate its population continue to lag, the network says.

Austria’s defender Martin Hinteregger (C) scores during the UEFA Euro 2020 Group G qualification football match Austria v Israel in Vienna on October 10, 2019. (HERBERT PFARRHOFER / APA / AFP)

Israel’s coronavirus morbidity rates remain high, but its vaccination drive continues to lead globally, with over 3.8 million of its 9 million citizens receiving at least the first vaccine dose.

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