Soccer Body Bans Anzhi’s Europa League Matches in DagestanChristopher Elser
UEFA, the governing body of European soccer, banned Anzhi Makhachkala from hosting Europa League matches in Dagestan and gave the club until the end of the month to find a new site.
The Europa League is the continent’s second-tier soccer competition, and was won by London’s Chelsea last season. UEFA’s Emergency Panel met yesterday and decided to restrict its competitive matches in the region of Russia.
“The UEFA Emergency Panel came to this decision after having carefully examined and evaluated the current security situation in the North Caucasus and notably in Dagestan, and taking into account the whole range of circumstances as well as the warnings issued by various governments,” UEFA said today on its website. “This decision remains in force for subsequent seasons until further notice.”
Dagestan, the region where the brothers who bombed this year’s Boston Marathon once lived, borders on the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, Chechnya and Georgia.