By Phil Caplan, Date: 8/4/14
The European Championship B match between Ukraine and Italy, scheduled for Kharkiv on 5 July, has been switched to Italy as the political crisis in Ukraine shows no immediate signs of abating.
In mid-March Ukraine’s 24 May home clash against Russia, also scheduled for Kharkiv, which is the headquarters of the Ukrainian Rugby League Federation (UFRL), was moved to the Moscow region.
The Italian foreign ministry is warning its citizens against all travel to eastern Ukraine at present, prompting the Rugby League European Federation to move the fixture on the same date.
The Federazione Italiana Rugby League will confirm the host venue in due course
All three of Ukraine’s matches in the competition this year will be played away, with the reverse fixtures now scheduled for Ukraine in 2015.