December 4, 2018 / 8:50 PM / 5 months ago

Soccer-Shakhtar-Lyon Champions League game moved to Kiev

KIEV, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Shakhtar Donetsk’s Champions League game with Olympique Lyonnais on Dec. 12 has been moved to the Ukrainian capital Kiev from the eastern city of Kharkiv due to the martial law imposed in parts of the country, the club said on Tuesday.

“We have just received the letter from UEFA in regards to our game against Lyon. The game will be played in Kiev at Olympiysky stadium”, Serhiy Palkin, Shakhtar’s CEO said in a Facebook post referring to the decisive Group F match.

Ukraine on Nov. 26 approved a proposal to introduce martial law for 30 days in areas most vulnerable to an attack after the capture of three Ukrainian sea vessels by Russia.

Shakhtar will reach the last 16 with a win, while Lyon will go through with a draw. Lyon are second in the group on seven points, while Shakhtar sit two points behind in third spot.

Soccer’s European governing body UEFA also moved the Nov. 29 Europa League game between Vorskla and Arsenal from Poltava to Kiev due to security concerns. (Editing by Ken Ferris)

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