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Liverpool want tie moved from Israel

28 July 2006 16:36

LIVERPOOL, July 28 (SW) - The Liverpool supporters' club have today called for their Champions League qualifier against Maccabi Haifa not to be played in Israel.

Liverpool have been drawn to play against Maccabi Haifa on the 22nd or 23rd September, but the ongoing crisis in the area has raised security fears in the region.

Les Lawson of the Liverpool International Supporters' Club was concerned at the prospect of the clubs fans having to travel to the area saying, "Everybody's at risk, they would be a target from the moment they arrived.

"This is a dangerous, volatile situation in Israel and safety for everyone, the team, the officials, fans, referee everybody, should be the main consideration."

Lawson also gave his view on Uefa’s approach to the situation stating, "Uefa have known this situation was coming. They have known about the war there for a few weeks now and they knew Haifa were in the draw. They should already have said Haifa's home leg has to be played in a neutral country."

Uefa Official Rob Faulkner issued a reply to the fans concerns he explained, "We've asked the Israel FA and relevant authorities to give us assurances concerning safety."

Adding, "We'll be in discussions with both clubs but the key is the safety of players, fans and officials - and we wouldn't go ahead if we didn't have those assurances.

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