Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala has been ordered to hold its home matches in Europe next season away from its own stadium due to security concerns.
Big-spending Anzhi, which is based in Dagestan, had to settle for a place in the UEFA Europa League rather than the Champions League after finishing third in the Russian Premier League last season. Anzhi staged their Europa League matches in Moscow last season following a similar order from European football’s governing body.
“The UEFA emergency panel and decided that due to the security situation in Dagestan and the North Caucasus, no UEFA competition match is allowed to be played in this region during the 2013-14 season,” UEFA stated. “Consequently, Anzhi Makhachkala have been requested to propose an alternative venue for their home matches in the 2013-14 UEFA Europa League.”
The governing body added: “The UEFA emergency panel came to this decision after having carefully examined and evaluated the current security situation in the North Caucasus and notably in Dagestan, and taking into account the whole range of circumstances as well as the warnings issued by various governments. This decision remains in force for subsequent seasons until further notice.”