Monday 23 September 2019

Gunners' Vorskla clash moved to Kiev over security concerns

UEFA’s emergency panel announced the match will now take place in Kiev’s Olimpiyskiy Stadium. Photo: Mikhail Palinchak\TASS via Getty Images
UEFA’s emergency panel announced the match will now take place in Kiev’s Olimpiyskiy Stadium. Photo: Mikhail Palinchak\TASS via Getty Images

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Arsenal's Europa League clash with Vorskla will take place in Kiev tomorrow due to security concerns, UEFA has announced.

The Group E fixture had been scheduled to be held in Stadion Vorskla im. Olexiy Butovskiy in Poltava, around 300km east of the Ukraine capital.

However, after martial law was declared in some regions of the country, UEFA's emergency panel announced the match will now take place in Kiev's Olimpiyskiy Stadium, which hosted the Champions League final in May, as well as the Euro 2012 final.

Martial law was imposed in the country due to escalating tensions with Russia, whose coastguards are accused of seizing three Ukrainian ships in Crimea on Sunday. Up to 500 Arsenal fans were expected to travel to Poltava and now must make alternative arrangements.

The second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between Buenos Aires rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate will be played outside Argentina on either December 8 or 9, South American governing body CONMEBOL has announced.

Billed as the biggest club game in South American history, the second leg was twice delayed on Saturday, postponed until Sunday and then called off following an attack by River Plate fans on the Boca team coach.

With the tie poised at 2-2, Boca players were left injured by shards of broken glass and affected by tear gas, which was fired by police to disperse the crowd outside River Plate's El Monumental stadium.

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