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Israel Vs Hamas Conflict: UEFA Halts Football




The European Football governing body, UEFA, has put on hold every football game and competition scheduled to take place in Israel.

This decision is expected to remain for two weeks due to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian terrorist group, Hamas.

Earlier today, Naija News reported that the ongoing conflict has led to the death of over 1,000 people mostly Israeli citizens and a couple of foreigners.

On Sunday, October 8, the Israeli government formally declared war on the terrorist organization after the group assaulted Israel from Gaza on Saturday in what has been called the biggest attack on Israeli soil in more than 50 years.

Uefa said it will evaluate the ongoing conflict over the next few days to determine whether Israel’s European Championship qualifying match in Kosovo can still take place on October 15.

The reigning Israeli Premier League winner, Maccabi Haifa, will go to Villarreal after the international break to play a Europa League group stage game.

The Spanish team will visit them on November 7 for the return leg which could be postponed or played in a neutral ground if the ongoing tension persists.

Israel’s Thursday Euro 2024 qualifying match against Switzerland was among the games postponed by UEFA.

Below are all the games UEFA has postponed due to the Israel and Hamas conflict

European Championship 2024 qualifier

12 October: Israel v Switzerland

European Under-21 Championship 2025 qualifiers

12 October: Israel v Estonia

17 October: Israel v Germany

European Under-17 Championship 2024

11-17 October: Mini tournament involving Israel, Belgium, Gibraltar and Wales

“Uefa will continue to closely monitor the situation and will remain in contact with all teams involved before making decisions on new dates and potential changes to other upcoming fixtures,” a statement from UEFA added.