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UEFA rejects calls to suspend Israel
Wednesday 24 April 2002
UEFA has rejected calls for the suspension of member association Israel amid the current Middle East crisis.

Monitoring events
UEFA President Lennart Johansson told a press conference after a meeting of UEFA's Executive Committee in Stockholm on Wednesday that European football's governing body would continue to monitor events in the region.

Case by case
"We will evaluate the hospitality and security situations case by case," said Mr Johansson, "and judge after that whether games should be played, and where."

No basis for suspension
"We will be guided, if necessary, by the United Nations - but there is no basis for suspension at this stage," added the UEFA President.

Club Forum
The UEFA Executive Committee also discussed the format of a new UEFA Club Forum, to be set up with the aim of improving consultation between UEFA and European clubs.

Portugal preparations
The committee was also informed about the state of preparations for EURO 2004™ in Portugal. "Everything is on schedule and there is very good progress in Portugal," said Mr Johansson. "We have started now to sign with commercial partners, and more such arrangements will follow."
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