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UEFA Bars Israel From Hosting International Matches

European football's governing body UEFA has barred Israel from hosting international matches until further notice because of the violence in the region.

In a letter sent to the Israel Football Association Monday, UEFA said all games scheduled to be played in Israel "shall be played outside of Israeli territory."

The ban applies to international and club games. That means Israel's Maccabi Haifa will need to find an alternate venue for its August 23 second leg of the Champions League third qualifying-round series against Liverpool of England.

Also affected is the second-leg UEFA Cup game between Israeli club Betar Jerusalem and Dinamo Bucharest of Romania, which was scheduled to be held in Jerusalem on August 24.

The decision could also impact Israel's home qualifying matches for the Euro 2008 tournament.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.