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.