Liverpool avoid playing in war-torn Israel

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8th, August 2006

Liverpool

Uefa has confirmed that Liverpool will play their Champions League
qualifier against Maccabi Haifa at a neutral ground. The match was wisely
switched because of the ongoing conflict in the Israel.

The UEFA statement read
that "Uefa has decided no European competition matches can be staged in
Israel until further notice."

The tie may now be played
at Dynamo Kiev’s stadium after the Ukraine club’s president gave permission.
Igor Surkis told The Times "I was approached by people from the Israeli
club and also Israel’s ambassador in Ukraine, who asked if it was possible to
play the game in Ukraine. I gave my provisional consent and said that security
during the match would be guaranteed. The Ukrainian football federation have
already been informed about our initial agreement as any final decision over
the staging of the game must be taken by them and Uefa."

Mof Gimmers

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