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UEFA has decided to lift a two-year ban on Israel playing their home matches on Israeli soil with immediate effect.

UEFA sattached conditions to their decision, meaning all matches would have to be played in the Tel Aviv area and “security guarantees be provided for every match”.

“The Israel Football Association and its clubs must confirm in writing that these conditions are accepted prior to entry to any UEFA competition,” a UEFA statement said.

“In addition UEFA may impose a ban on any match or matches in Israel at any given time if, in its opinion, the security situation should deteriorate.”

UEFA banned all matches under its jurisdiction in March 2002 because of the deteriorating security situation in the country.

UEFA President Lennart Johansson told an Israeli newspaper: “You can convey to soccer fans in Israel that your national team’s games in World Cup qualifying and club games in next season’s European cup competitions will be played in the Tel Aviv area.”

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