November 27, 2018 / 9:14 PM / 13 days ago

Arsenal's Europa League clash moved to Kiev due to security concerns

Soccer Football - Premier League - AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal - Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, Britain - November 25, 2018 Arsenal's Lucas Torreira reacts after conceding their first goal scored by Bournemouth's Joshua King REUTERS/David Klein

(Reuters) - Arsenal’s Europa League match against Vorskla Poltava on Thursday has been moved to Kiev due to security concerns following the introduction of martial law in Ukraine, European soccer’s governing body UEFA has announced.

Politicians in Ukraine this week approved a proposal to introduce martial law in areas most vulnerable to an attack following the capture of three Ukrainian vessels by Russia over the weekend.

Arsenal were due to play their Group E clash with Vorskla in Poltava’s Oleksiy Butovsky Stadium. However, UEFA said that its emergency panel met on Tuesday and decided to move the match to Kiev’s Olympic stadium.

“UEFA will continue to monitor and assess the security situation in Ukraine in the coming days before making any decision on potentially relocating other matches,” the body said in a statement.

Reporting by Christian Radnedge; Editing by Toby Davis

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