September 18, 2014 / 6:47 PM / 3 years ago

UEFA lifts ban on Israeli home fixtures

NYON, Switzerland (Reuters) - European soccer’s governing body UEFA has lifted a ban on international matches being staged in Israel with immediate effect, secretary general Gianni Infantino said on Thursday.

Rainbow is seen over the Cardiff City Stadium before the start of the UEFA Super Cup final soccer match between Real Madrid and Sevilla August 12, 2014. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

“This ban has been lifted due to the improved situation in Israel,” Infantino told reporters.

Israel was barred in July from staging any European competition matches, at either national team or club level, due to the security situation in the country.

A Euro 2016 qualifier, at home against Belgium, due to be staged earlier this month, was postponed to March.

Their next home game is against Bosnia on Nov. 16.

Reporting by Brian Homewood, editing by Tim Collings

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