UEFA lifts home bans for Armenia and Azerbaijan whilst ceasefire holds

December 9 – UEFA have lifted their ban on club and national team matches under their jurisdiction in Armenia and Azerbaijan, imposed in October because of the military conflict in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Given the ceasefire established on November 9, UEFA said conditions were such that games can now resume.

Before the ceasefire, fighting flared to its worst level since the 1990s with hundreds killed.

The conflict, if it escalates again, could cast doubt on Baku staging its share of matches next summer at the delayed Euro 2020.

The city is to remain as a host as things stand now but UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said recently that the tournament could potentially be slimmed down from 12 host venues because of the effects of Covid-19 and potential travel difficulties.

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