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UEFA bars Israeli clubs from hosting European matches due to security crisis

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NYON, Switzerland — UEFA is barring Israeli teams from playing European matches at home while the fighting between Israel and Hamas continues.

PHOTO: Israeli soldiers inspect the site where a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza hit in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Israeli war planes and naval vessels intensified attacks across the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, targeting senior Hamas leaders and bombarding a coastal area, where four Palestinian boys were killed. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Israeli soldiers inspect the site where a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza hit in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Israeli war planes and naval vessels intensified attacks across the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, targeting senior Hamas leaders and bombarding a coastal area, where four Palestinian boys were killed. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

The decision by UEFA's emergency panel will affect Israeli teams playing in the Champions League and Europa League.

Citing the "current security situation," UEFA says Israeli clubs must propose alternative venues in another country for home legs "until further notice."

Maccabi Tel Aviv had been due to host a qualifying game in the Champions League and Hapoel Tel Aviv and Hapoel Be'er Sheva in the Europa League this month.

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