An Israeli tank manoeuvres near the Gaza border. (Getty Images)

(WFI) The political situations in Israel, Ukraine and Russia were at the forefront of a meeting of the UEFA Emergency Panel.

For Israel, this means that they will be asked to propose venues outside of Israeli territory for the home legs of their 2014-15 UEFA Champions League and Europa League fixtures.

Meanwhile, for Ukraine, the panel determined that in addition to the two previously approved cities of Kiev and Lviv, UEFA club matches can also be played in Odessa and Dnipropetrovsk.

This is of most interest to Ukrainian clubs FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and FC Chornomorets Odesa, the former of which has reached the third qualifying round of Champions League qualifying while the latter has reached a similar stage of Europa League qualifying.

Both the football federations of Russia and Ukraine have raised concerns about the possibility of clubs from the countries being drawn against one another in UEFA competition.

The panel determined that clubs from the two nations at war cannot be drawn against one another until further notice.

This means FC Zenit from St. Petersburg and Dnipro will not meet in the Champions League third qualifying round draw.

The UEFA meeting came prior to Thursday’s Malaysia Airlines disaster in Ukraine which some have linked to the pro-Russian rebels, and Israel’s deployment of ground troops into Gaza.

By INSIDER’s Nick Devlin


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