UEFA Postpones All International Soccer Matches in Israel Following Hamas Surprise Attack

European soccer’s governing body UEFA postponed all international football matches scheduled to be held in in Israel over the next two weeks following the Hamas’ surprise attack.

“In light of the current security situation in Israel, UEFA has decided to postpone all matches scheduled in Israel in the next couple of weeks with new dates to be confirmed in due course,” UEFA said in a statement on Sunday.

The deferred matches include Israel’s match against Switzerland in the 2024 European Championship qualifying, which was to be held on Thursday in Tel Aviv.

Israel’s Euro 2024 qualifier at Kosovo on October 15 could also be affected as UEFA has stated that it “reserves a few more days to assess” whether the match can take place on that date “or requires postponement.”

Israel’s European Under-21 Championship qualifiers against Estonia and Germany on Thursday and October 17, respectively, have also been postponed. A U17 mini-tournament involving Israel, Belgium, Gibraltar and Wales, scheduled to run from Wednesday until October 17, was also postponed.


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