European governing body Uefa has moved Arsenal’s Europa League clash with Ukranian side FC Vorskla to Kiev from the city of Poltava.

This is following the adoption of martial law in some areas of the country due to escalating political tension with Russia.

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The match will now take place in the Ukrainian capital, more than 300 kilometres west of Poltava, at the originally scheduled time of 1755 GMT on Thursday.

Uefa in a statement wrote: “UEFA’s Emergency Panel has today taken the decision to relocate FC Vorskla’s UEFA Europa League group stage match against Arsenal FC from the city of Poltava, following the introduction of martial law into certain regions in Ukraine,” UEFA said in a statement.

“The match will now take place at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv on Thursday 29 November at 18.55CET.”

European football’s governing body said future games in Ukraine, which hosted last season’s Champions League final, could also be relocated.

“UEFA will continue to monitor and assess the security situation in Ukraine in the coming days before making any decision on potentially relocating other matches,” the statement added.