Uefa lifts Israel ban


Israel can host matches on home soil again following Uefa's decision to lift their ban.

Eli Guttman's team were due to open their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign against Belgium earlier this month, but the match was postponed due to the security situation.

But with the ceasefire holding, Uefa secretary general Gianni Infantino said: "This ban has been lifted due to the improved situation."

Uefa Executive Committee member and former Israel FA Chairman Avi Luzon said: "I promised to bring matches back to the country to boost Israeli football and the national team and that's happened.

"Now it's up to Israel's fans to come and support the team in the Euro 2016 qualifiers to prove how much home advantage and the right to host matches is vital."

The decision has no relevance for the European club competitions as there are no Israeli representatives in the group stages for the first time in many years, in part because Israeli teams were unable to host qualifying round matches at home.

Israel's first home qualifier will see them take on Bosnia in Haifa on October 16.

Meanwhile, Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium missed out on selection for the Euro 2020 finals.

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