Euro 2020: UEFA raises concerns over political situation in Israel and Russia

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NYON, Switzerland — UEFA has raised concerns about Israel's and Russia's capacity to host matches for the 2020 European Championship because of the political instability in both countries.

UEFA will choose 13 host cities across Europe for the tournament at a Sept. 19 meeting of its executive committee. It must decide on whether to pick St. Petersburg and Jerusalem among the hosts.

In its evaluation report of the bids published Wednesday, UEFA said that the political situation in Israel is "complex" and acknowledged Russia's political situation as "increasingly complex."

A UEFA ruling in July stopped Israel from playing international matches in the country during the conflict with Hamas militants in Gaza. Russia, which will host the 2018 World Cup, has been widely criticized for its involvement in the Ukraine crisis.

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