UEFA reschedules Europa League match in Israel

A Europa League match postponed in Israel this week for security

reasons will be played in Haifa next Wednesday.

UEFA said on Friday that Hapoel Kiryat Shmona will host Athletic

Bilbao at Kiryat Eliezer Stadium with an 1800 GMT kickoff.

Neither team can advance to the last 32 following a 1-1 draw

between group rivals Sparta Prague and Lyon in the Czech Republic

on Thursday.

UEFA cited the ”tense security situation” for postponing the

match originally scheduled for Thursday, before a ceasefire was

called following eight days of violence between Israeli forces and

the Hamas group in Gaza.

UEFA will also be in Israel next Wednesday to conduct the draw

in Tel Aviv for the 2013 Under-21 European Championship.

The host team is top-seeded with defending champion Spain;

England and the Netherlands are second-seeded; the unseeded teams

are Germany, Italy, Norway and Russia.

Israel will stage the tournament from June 5-18 at Tel Aviv,

Jerusalem, Netanya and Petach Tikva.