GENEVA, Aug 12 (Reuters) - The UEFA Cup tie between WIT Georgia and Austria Vienna will be a one-off match on Aug. 28 because the Georgian club cannot field a team for the first leg on Thursday due to the conflict in its country, UEFA said.
“As WIT are not in a position to organise a safe and secure venue in Georgia nor to play at an alternative venue on 14 August, UEFA has decided to cancel the first leg and play the tie as a one-off match on 28 August in Vienna,” UEFA said in a statement on Tuesday.
“UEFA will contact the clubs and national associations concerned in due time to communicate the rules applicable to this single match.”
Earlier on Tuesday, European soccer’s governing body had said it was moving the opening leg from Tbilisi to the Turkish city of Rize after failing to gain the “necessary guarantees” from Armenia or Azerbaijan to stage the match.
Georgia launched an attack last week in an attempt to regain control over the pro-Russian province of South Ossetia. Russian forces responded by sending in troops and conducting air strikes, with hundreds of civilians being killed.
Writing by Darren Ennis in Brussels; Editing by Tony Jimenez and Ken Ferris