Uefa has lifted a ban on home matches in Israel a month after the end of the conflict in southern Lebanon.
The ban was imposed early last month, forcing all Israeli home fixtures under UEFA’s jurisdiction to be played at other venues in European countries.
“UEFA has today (Friday) informed the Israeli FA of its decision to lift the ban on European matches taking place in Israel with immediate effect. This follows the decision to relocate all matches to neutral territory made on 7 August 2006 due to the conflict in the area,” a statement on the UEFA Web site said.
However, matches can only be played in the Tel Aviv area which will allow Israel to host their next Euro 2008 home qualifier against Croatia at the National Stadium in the city.
Hapoel Tel Aviv will also be able to host their UEFA Cup first-round second leg tie against Chernomorets Odessa on September 28.
Israel’s other UEFA Cup representative, Maccabi Haifa, hosted their first-round home leg against Litex Lovech of Bulgaria in Holland on Thursday.