Anzhi unfit to host Europa League games next season

The Russian club will move to a makeshift home during European nights, as the Khazar Stadium in Makhachkala is considered too dangerous a venue by Uefa

Anzhi Makhachkala will seek a provisional home next season for European matches after Uefa deemed the region of Dagestan as unfit to host Europa League games.

The Russian side, who are based in the tumultuous region, qualified for the tournament, having finished fifth in last season's Russian Premier League.

But the Dikaya Divisiya, who boast the likes of Samuel Eto'o and Christopher Samba amongst their playing staff, will have to look for a new venue during European games, as the governing body decided it too dangerous.

"The decision was taken that Anzhi is not within its rights to hold home matches of the Europa League 2012-13 on the territory of Dagestan," a Uefa spokesperson told

Anzhi themselves have also commented on the matter, saying on their official website: “The Uefa executive committee on June 30 conducted a session in Kiev at which the issue of security in Dagestan, and in Makhachkala in particular, was examined.

We are in the process of acquiring a reserve stadium on the territory of the Russian Federation that corresponds with all Uefa requirements.”

Dagestan is seen as a hotbed of terrorist activity and, as recently as May, 14 people were killed and 122 injured in suicide blasts.