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UEFA moves Champions League game out of eastern Ukraine

UEFA moves Champions League game out of eastern Ukraine Photo: AFP via Getty Images

Reacting to unrest in eastern Ukraine, the UEFA has moved the upcoming Champions League qualifier between Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and FC Copenhagen to western Ukraine city Kiev, according to The Associated Press.  

The game was to be held in Dnipropetrovsk on July 29, and will now be held at Olympic Stadium in Kiev on July 30. 

Copenhagen had asked UEFA not to play in Dnipropetrovsk, a city that just days ago been declared safe by the UEFA to host Champions League or Europa League matches.

"We are satisfied that UEFA has listened to us and understood the many arguments that spoke against holding the game in Dnipropetrovsk," said Anders Horsholt, the Danish club's managing director. "We would like to stress that we have no problems with our opponent FC Dnipro. This is only a matter of safety and sense."

The unrest in eastern Ukraine stems from pro-Russian rebels fighting against government forces. On July 17, a Malaysia Airlines plane with 298 people on board was shot down over the region, leaving no survivors. 

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- Molly Geary

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