Soccer / UEFA to Rule on Home Game Ban Any Day'

UEFA President Lennart Johansson, Vice President Senes Erzik, Treasurer Mathieu Sprengers and another, as yet unnamed member of UEFA's executive, will decide within the next few days - possibly today - whether the ban on home games being hosted in Israel will be lifted.

Johansson, Erzik and Sprengers are the three permanent members of UEFA's emergency committee, which is entitled to take decisions on urgent affairs between regular meetings of the executive board of European soccer's governing body, on matters under the jurisdiction of the executive.

The fourth member of the committee is chosen anew every time from the 17 members of the UEFA executive committee. If one of the permanent members of the emergency committee is unable to attend the vote, he is replaced by the senior vice president available.

In the event of a tied vote, the vote of UEFA President Lennart Johansson will be the deciding vote. Erzik was to have visited Israel last year along with Vice President Angel Maria Villar Llona of Spain to review the ban but a bus bombing in Tel Aviv led to the cancellation of the visit.

Sprengers, who is also president of the Dutch Football Association, is considered a supporter of Israel and will almost certainly vote in favor of lifting the ban.

UEFA said yesterday that it was still not clear when the committee would meet and was only prepared to say that it would be by the end of the month.