ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 149

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Maccabi Haifa and Tel Aviv pick Serbia to host ‘home’ games in European competitions

Players of Maccabi Haifa observe a minute of silence for the victims of Hamas attack, before the Europa League group F soccer match between Maccabi Haifa and Villarreal, at AEK arena stadium in Larnaca, Cyprus, on Nov. 9, 2023. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Players of Maccabi Haifa observe a minute of silence for the victims of Hamas attack, before the Europa League group F soccer match between Maccabi Haifa and Villarreal, at AEK arena stadium in Larnaca, Cyprus, on Nov. 9, 2023. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Israeli soccer teams Maccabi Haifa and Maccabi Tel Aviv are going to Serbia to play their remaining “home” games in the group stage of European competitions, UEFA said Thursday.

UEFA has ruled that Israel cannot host games in international competitions “due to the current security situation,” during the ongoing conflict with Hamas.

The Israel men’s and women’s national teams have chosen to play home games in Felcsút, Hungary — at a stadium closely tied to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán — and Maccabi Haifa played a Europa League game last week in Larnaca, Cyprus.

Maccabi Haifa will next go to Red Star Belgrade’s home stadium to host Rennes on Nov. 30.

In the third-tier Europa Conference League, Maccabi Tel Aviv will play two games at Serbian club TSC’s stadium in Backa Topola. UEFA said Maccabi Tel Aviv will play Zorya Luhansk of Ukraine for a rescheduled game on Nov. 25 and Gent of Belgium on Dec. 14.

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