UEFA reschedules Europa League match in Israel

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Associated Press

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 23 at 10:05 AM

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — A Europa League match postponed in Israel for security reasons will be played in Haifa on Wednesday.

UEFA says Hapoel Kiryat Shmona will host Athletic Bilbao at the Kiryat Eliezer Stadium.

Neither team can advance to the last 32 following a 1-1 draw between group rivals Sparta Prague and Lyon in the Czech Republic on Thursday.

UEFA cited the "tense security situation" for postponing the match originally scheduled for Thursday, before a cease-fire was called following eight days of violence between Israeli forces and the Hamas group in Gaza.

UEFA will be in Israel on Wednesday to conduct the draw in Tel Aviv for the 2013 Under-21 European Championship. Israel will host the eight-nation tournament in four cities in June.

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