UEFA says no matches will be played in Israel ‘until further notice’

Benfica's Brazilian midfielder David Neres (L) is marked by Maccabi Haifa's Israeli defender Sean Goldberg during the UEFA Champions League group H football match between Israel's Maccabi Haifa and Portugal's Benfica at the Sammy Ofer stadium in the city of Haifa on November 2, 2022. (AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP)
Benfica's Brazilian midfielder David Neres (L) is marked by Maccabi Haifa's Israeli defender Sean Goldberg during the UEFA Champions League group H football match between Israel's Maccabi Haifa and Portugal's Benfica at the Sammy Ofer stadium in the city of Haifa on November 2, 2022. (AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP)

No soccer matches organized by UEFA will be played in Israel “until further notice” due to the “current safety and security situation” in the country, European soccer’s governing body said in a statement on Thursday.

“After a thorough evaluation of the current safety and security situation in the whole territory of Israel, the UEFA executive committee decided that no UEFA competition matches shall be played in Israel until further notice,” read the statement.

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